This Cretan Salad recipe is part of a series of recipes from the Cretan Diet on the Greek Island of Crete. As with all the ingredients that make up recipes from the Cretan Diet, the Cretan Salad recipe is very simple, tasty and nutritious.
All the ingredients for Cretan Diet recipes are locally sourced, entirely natural without artificial additives or preservatives. The traditional simple ways of combining ingredients, cooking and serving are the key to tasty food packed with goodness, flavour and taste.
The key to its success however lies in the quality and freshness of the salad vegetables and the soft goat's cheese. Look for organic, salad vegetables and use very good quality olive oil, like we have in Crete - it will really make a difference to the taste.
This tradition, authentic Cretan Salad is available throughout Crete and is an alternative to the ubiquitous Greek Salad. The Crete Salad uses soft goat's cheese instead of salty feta and has additional fresh vegetables and herbs. A must try in Crete!
Handful of salad greens (lettuce, rocket, etc)
Medium carrot, finely grated
Handful of finely chopped or grated cabbage
Medium tomato, finely chopped
½ small cucumber, chopped small
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
2 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar
100 g soft goat's cheese
2 dried figs, chopped (optional)
Finely chop the salad greens and put in a large bowl. Add the carrot, cabbage, tomato, cucumber, dill and parsley. Mix together.
Sprinkle generously with olive oil. Add lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, and figs if used. Season with salt and pepper and toss together gently.
Empty the salad onto a serving dish and sprinkle with crumbled soft goat's cheese.
We are going to help you eat like they do in Crete. This will open up for you a whole new world of tasty, healthy eating and Cretan cooking that will improve your well-being and even prolong your life. (Be sure to drive carefully and stop smoking to reap the benefits of a longer lifespan!)
These are the basic rules for the Cretan Diet:
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