i confess, i’m a picky eater: mock greek salad

I know, I should be ashamed of myself! But truth be told, I’m just not fond of some foods and I may even get a bit squeamish when push comes to shove. Sure, I’ve overcome many a food-dislike (believe it or not, I hated strawberries but now, I can’t get enough of them!) When I was a kid, I would never dream of eating a tomato….and now I can almost say that I like that darn fruit (well, with very specific rigid guidelines in the care and preparation of said fruit). I wish I could give every fruit or vegetable or dish it’s fair shake, but old habits die hard. Take the simple greek salad as an example. When I go to a Greek restaurant and it comes with my dish, I’ll gladly eat the onions, olives, feta and green peppers, but I’ll only peck at a cucumber or a tomato. I’ve already been won over with having tomatoes and cucumbers in sandwiches, but I’m still not keen on them appearing in my salads. But, ooooh, I love me a greek salad and sometimes modifications are necessary for the picky eater. Carrots replace tomatoes for colour and every colour pepper (not just green) go into my salad for sweetness and crunch. And while it may not be traditional, my mock “greek” salad has converted many a guest over the years. This salad is one of my favourites and nothing ever gets left on the plate but the olive pits. And that is a very, very good sign.

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6 comments to “i confess, i’m a picky eater: mock greek salad”

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    Joanne   August 28, 2006 at 7:43 am

    My favourite part of a Greek salad is at the bottom of the bowl when there are a few bits of onion left with plenty of olive oil (being Greek I tend to be heavy handed with said oil) and a few remaining crumbles of feta. I take pieces of bread and wipe up every last bit of the remnants.
    It’s so good!

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    Sara   August 28, 2006 at 3:04 pm

    Clever idea with the carrots. I once had a roommate that was allergic to tomatos. Since they are one of my favorite foods it was hell. I ate at my boyfriends a lot.

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    jenn   August 28, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    hmmm sounds good. My dh hates greek salad, but I’m thinking I’ll have to try this for lunch (since he isn’t here for that LOL)!

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    beth   August 28, 2006 at 11:10 am

    I loooove tomatoes in every form (in salads, in sandwiches, in spaggheti, sundried, oven roasted, in ketchup). I’m pretty sure I would not get my reccomended daily intake of vitamin C without them.
    I had a teacher who was allergic to tomatoes. I didn’t really understand how he survived.
    But then again, I used be a pretty picky eater once upon a time.
    I actually used to base my friendships on whether or not a person prefered sweet or sour dill pickles (dill would be the preffered answer).

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    Ellie   August 29, 2006 at 2:51 am

    Everyone has a few foods that they’re not completely passionate about (myself, I freak out with celery), I love the way that you’ve reworked the Greek salad to your tastes! The colours look fantastic :)

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    kickpleat   August 29, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    joanne, i agree completely! i love the tart dressing mixed with the creamy feta. yum!

    beth, i kept thinking i’d grow out of a lot of my old picky habits (and i have to some degree…), but it’s just not happening quickly enough! and i agree, sour dills completely!

    sara, i used to have a boyfriend who was allergic to nuts. it was hell because i loved nuts. lucky for me, i can eat all the nuts i want now :)

    this would be a great secret lunch for one, jenn! enjoy.

    yes, ellie, re-working dishes is something that i do almost all the time. often i rework recipes just because i’m missing something out of my cupboards. i love playing with my food!

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