Recently I had the privilege of breaking bread, well pita, with an incredibly talented and sharp woman. Her family has been a part of our lives for over two decades! Where does the time go? Anyway, we dined at Mythos, in Burlington, Ontario. The dinner was delicious, but their Greek salad was divine. You don’t usually think of Greek salad as divine, but I kid you not when I tell you, this one is. Don’t get me wrong, I love Greek salad…never met one I didn’t love, but this one…mmmm. Usually, Greek salad dressing is on the sharp side. I love the sharp side. But, this one is different. Not a lot different, but the difference was startlingly good. It was just slightly sweet. Doesn’t that make perfect sense? The sweet perfectly compliments the sharp and salty feta. We’re not talking saccharine sweetness, but just a hint of sweetness, by adding either honey or maple syrup. This is my version of Mythos’s vinaigrette…I haven’t tried it on a pasta-type salad, but I think it could be mighty delicious, too.
A note about oregano…some supermarkets sell cellophane packages of imported oregano, usually from Italy. The oregano is dried on the branches, so you have to remove the leaves and blossoms. Try to leave the leaves as intact as possible. I think you’ll really like this, as the flavor is just terrific. If you can find it, buy some.
This goes together like any other vinaigrette. I mix vinaigrettes in a jar or bottle, so I can shake the bejeezus out of it until thoroughly combined. And it can be stored in the same bottle. Win-win.
A Sweet Greek Vinaigrette
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh garlic
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/3 cup white or red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoons good quality dried oregano
- 2-3 teaspoons maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup good flavored olive oil
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Put all the ingredients in a jar or tightly sealed container. Shake until completely combined.
A Sweet Greek Vinaigrette Recipe©Marcia Lahens 2019. All rights reserved.
Mythos Greek Cuisine, 3500 Fairview St, Burlington, Ontario, (905-639-7300)