Thursday, June 18, 2015

My Big Fat Greek Salad #recipe @LucyBurdette #giveaway

LUCY BURDETTE: A couple of weeks ago John and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary. We each had false starts getting married correctly, so it's possible we might not make it to 50, 60, and 70 years together, though fingers, toes, and paws are crossed!

That's why we like to celebrate each anniversary as though it was a big one. This year we went to New York City for a couple of days, and the celebration included tickets to see An American in Paris, a visit to my favorite food emporium Eataly, an hour in the Strand Bookstore (I could have spent all day,) tours of the new Whitney Art Museum and the 9/11 memorial and museum, and of course, tons of good food. (And by the way, the 9/11 memorial is well worth visiting, though so terribly sad. We need to remember!)

We had lunch one day in Eataly. To the left was my pasta, and John chose the lemon ricotta raviolis with pistachio garnish. Oh my goodness, it was good! 

But we had another stop to squeeze in. A few years ago, some friends got us hooked on a wonderful Greek restaurant in the East Village called Pylos. It wasn't really convenient to anyplace we were going, but we went for lunch anyway. This is their version of the country Greek salad--oh so wonderful. So I decided to make one for you. You'll see that I added salad greens, and also served it to myself with a boiled egg and a cottage oat biscuit--and that was a lovely dinner!



Ripe tomatoes
Small cucumbers
Mixed salad greens
Fresh radishes
Feta cheese (only the good stuff!)
Greek olives
Pickled capers
Hard boiled eggs
Onions, if you like them


For the dressing: 

One half teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons vinegar (I like balsamic)
6 tablespoons good olive oil
One peeled garlic clove
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped fine

I find the easiest way to make dressing is to add all the ingredients into a small jar with a lid and shake briskly. If you like a lot of garlic, you can press or chop the clove in with the other ingredients. I prefer a mild taste, so I leave the whole garlic clove in for a couple of hours and then remove it. Next...

Arrange the salad greens on a pretty plate, and add sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes. (And onions if you like them.) Top all this with olives, capers, and chunks of feta cheese. Serve with a warm hard-boiled egg and a hot biscuit.

Fatal Reservations, the sixth book in the Key West food critic series, will be in bookstores on July 7, but you can certainly order it now! And, to continue the countdown to the launch celebration, we will be giving away one copy of the new book--leave a comment with your email by midnight tonight to be entered in the drawing.


  1. I am going grocery shopping tomorrow. I see a Greek Salad in my future! Thanks for sharing! And congratulations in your upcoming release!

  2. this salad and the dressing look so delicious. Thanks for the recipe I will have to make this :) Thank you also for the chance to win a copy of your book! darholley1 ( at) aol (dot) com

  3. Aren't Greek salads the best? Yummy recipe. Happy Anniversary! Celebrating our 46th today, each and every one is special.

    (No need to enter me in the drawing - I got a happy surprise early release copy today - see the big smiles :-) :-) :-) ).

  4. Greek salads are so refreshing. With that dressing recipe, I can use up that dab of Dijon mustard left in the bottle!! LOL sssusieq@hotmail(dot)com

  5. Congrats on 23 wonderful years with your husband, Roberta/Lucy! As we say in my family...

    Cent'anni! (May you be happy and healthy for 100 years!)


    ~ Cleo

  6. Love the salad recipe. And congrats on your anniversary. lcahoon7 (at)

  7. I love Greek Salad. I will have to try this recipe. Happy Anniversary! :-)

  8. That salad looks amazing!!

    I've already pre-ordered and can't wait.


  9. This sounds delicious! I just started the Key West food critic series last week, and am finally caught up. Can't wait for this book to come out! Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the chance to win! mamamoongrrlie at gmail dot com

  10. yummy recipe; I love lots of salads in the summer months. thanks for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  11. Greek salads are the best! And I would be delighted to win this book!

  12. Your anniversary celebration sounds absolutely wonderful! Thank you for the giveaway and I look forward to reading this book!

  13. How lovely to treat every anniversary as the big one! Congratulations on finding each other.

  14. Both your anniversary and the salad sound wonderful! Congratulations!

  15. Congratulations on hitting the jackpot 23 years ago. May you both have many more wonderful adventures together.
    Lovely salad. I'm impressed with the feta triangles in your picture of the original. Nice artistry.
    Looking forward to your latest book.
    Best wishes
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  16. The salad sounds great and the new book even better!

  17. Happy Anniversary !! I'm sure you make it to 70 years !!! Greek salad looks yummy !'

  18. I have not read any of your books yet, but I hope to remedy that soon. I love Key West and love the cover of this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  19. Happy Anniversary! And the salad looks good!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

  20. Congratulations on 23 years! I'm looking forward to Fatal Reservations! patucker54 (at aol dot com)

  21. Congratulations on your anniversary! The food in your pictures looks wonderful. I will definitely try the greek salad. I'm anxiously awaiting Fatal the series. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  22. I'm glad that you guys had a wonderful anniversary!!!! I'm 1/4 greek so I have grown up on alot of great greek food so trust me when I say that salad looks great! So excited for Fatal Reservations to come out! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  23. I have never tried a greek salad, but it looks good! The cozy mysteries have become my favorite books to read and I would love to win Fatal Reservations. Thank you!

  24. What a lovely way to spend your anniversary! The greek salad recipe looks great for a summer dinner or lunch and perfect for a picnic.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  25. Oh, Eataly -- I do so want to go there! We love Greek salads, and your version looks scrumptious! Congratulations on the new book!

  26. Lovely way to celebrate an anniversary. My husband and I will probably not see that 50th anniversary either. We will celebrate our 38th this fall. Would love a copy of Fatal Reservations.

  27. Your salad looks beautiful and sounds delicious. I may have to make one. (all except the Greek olives). lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  28. Lovely way to celebrate an anniversary. My husband and I will probably not see that 50th anniversary either. We will celebrate our 38th this fall. Would love a copy of Fatal Reservations.

  29. I like the way you celebrate your anniversaries! Wishing you many, many more! And thank you for the scrumptious Greek salad recipe!

  30. Happy Anniversary!!! The Greek Salad looks perfect for dinner on a hot summer evening! Thanks for the chance to win your book!