WINTER GREEK SALAD | WITH CITRUS SHALLOT DRESSING

GREEK WINTER SALAD

A traditional Greek salad comprising of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions & feta is one of the most iconic dishes of Greece. And for good reason! It is the perfect combination of flavors, textures, and freshness. When most people think of Greece, they picture whitewashed buildings against the vibrant blue sky & sea. People flock to Greece for its warm, sunny weather and seemingly endless summer days. But outside of the warm season, there is a whole other Greece to be experienced. Albeit cold and often gloomy, the cold season in Greece is actually my favorite time to be there. When tomatoes & cucumbers are no longer in season, markets fill with the fruits of fall and winter. Persimmons, citrus, and pomegranates are the mainstays of the cold season there and they are the inspiration behind my winter Greek salad.

WINTER GREEK SALAD ingredients: 
persimmon, pomegranate & citrus

While Greece may be a world away, it does not keep me from thinking about our life there every single day. My heart craves the simplicity of village life. Although there were times that I struggled with just how little there was to choose from when it came to food, I always found a way to make do with what was available. Produce is hyper-seasonal on our island and in most of Greece for that matter. You won’t find cucumbers in winter, just as you won’t find broccoli in the summer. So in turn, you relish in the harvest of each season. Inspired by the way we had no choice but to eat with the seasons in Greece, the concept of this winter Greek salad came to me the other day.

WINTER GREEK SALAD

winter Greek salad breakdown:

PERSIMMONS: There are two varieties of persimmon: astringent & non-astringent. Astringent varieties, like hachiya, must be very soft before eating. Non-astringent varieties, like fuyu, can be eaten firm like an apple or allowed to ripen until the flesh is as soft as you like. Persimmons have a very sweet but clean taste with a semi-firm texture that is similar to a melon. Unripe persimmons will make you pucker from the tannins, while ripe ones are absolutely delicious and make the perfect winter substitute for tomatoes in our winter Greek salad.

CITRUS: By far and large, citrus is the most abundant fruit in the cold season in Greece. Oranges, lemons, mandarins & bergamot are amongst my favorite citrus that grows on our island. For this winter Greek salad, citrus is going to stand in as the acid for the dressing. I used mandarin, lemon & lime because that is what we have growing in our neighborhood here in California, but feel free to use whatever citrus you can get :)

POMEGRANATE: A fruit that has been revered by the Greeks as a fruit abundance since antiquity. If you have never tried one, pomegranate arils (the little pods that lie behind the hard shell) have a wonderful taste, both tart and sweet. The way that the arils kind of burst when you bite into them, lends a delightful texture and bright flavor to this Greek winter salad.

WINTER GREEK SALAD

THE USUAL SUSPECTS: Olive oil, feta, olives, onion & herbs. A traditional summer Greek salad will consist of all of these things. The only difference with this winter Greek salad is the type of these ingredients that I chose. Green olives are my hubby’s favorite, shallot has a gentler flavor and texture than red onion, and fresh dill stands in for the dried oregano.

*THE UNUSUAL SUSPECT: Avocado – most definitely not a traditional Greek ingredient. However, we have a HUGE avocado tree that grows in our village in Greece, so it is most definitely a wonderful addition to this winter Greek salad.

All of these flavors and textures combine to make a winter Greek salad that tastes nothing like the traditional Greek salad of summer but trust me when I tell you, that it is perfect in every way! Feel free to use this recipe as a basis with whatever winter produce you have available to make your own seasonally inspired Greek salad!

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WINTER GREEK SALAD


  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24 people 1x

Ingredients

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FOR THE SALAD:

  • 4 Non-astringent persimmons, such as fuyu or amagaki
  • 1 avocado
  • 8 oz. feta cheese (we used VioLife vegan feta)
  • 1/2 cup green olives
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 tbsp dill sprigs, to garnish

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 1 tbsp, thinly sliced shallot
  • 1/4 cup fresh mandarin or orange juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp honey, add more to taste
  • 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Start by making the dressing by whisking all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste for seasoning and desired sweetness, adjust if necessary and set aside to allow flavors to mingle while you prepare the salad.
  2. Remove the stems of the persimmons and slice the persimmons into about 1/4 inch thick slices, removing any seeds you encounter. Arrange the sliced persimmons on a shallow bowl. Add slices of avocado and olives.
  3. Drizzle the citrus shallot dressing over the salad. Garnish with crumbled feta, pomegranate arils & dill sprigs.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 hours

*This salad is easily made vegan if you use a quality vegan feta cheese. While there are recipes to make it yourself, we absolutely love VioLife Foods Just Like Feta! This is not sponsored in any way, we just adore their feta and love supporting Greek companies like VioLife Foods!

more Greek recipe inspiration:

CREAMY SPANAKOPITA SOUP

CLASSIC GREEK BAKLAVA

HARISSA ROASTED RED PEPPER FETA SPREAD – HTIPITI

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Marilena December 21, 2019, 5:48 pm

    This beautiful photo of your winter citrus salad brings me back to Greece, Bella! It sounds like a great flavor combination and I look forward to making it!

    • bella | ful-filled December 24, 2019, 8:00 am

      Awww, that makes me so happy Marilena! It is such a great combination of flavors and textures! I can’t wait for you to try it!

  • Aubree mackey December 22, 2019, 6:06 am

    Thank you for this inspiration! I will have to give this a shot. Recently had persimmons in a salad for the very first time ever and it was delicious. Thanks again Bella! Ful-filled certainly never disappoints, every thing I have ever tried from your website has been positively delightful!!!

    • bella | ful-filled December 24, 2019, 8:02 am

      Oh yay! I am so delighted that my recipes are a success for you! I am truly honored to be able to share the foods we love with you!

  • niko December 28, 2019, 2:23 pm

    Absolutely STUNNING photos Bella!!!

  • niko December 28, 2019, 2:24 pm

    the process shots of the produce as well as the hero final plating shots were ALL just ridiculously GORGEOUS Bella!!

  • niko December 28, 2019, 2:26 pm

    This post may have been my favorite Styling and Photography of yours EVER!!! it definitely convinced us to make and thoroughly enjoy this salad the day we saw it pop up in our inbox!!!

    • bella | ful-filled January 20, 2020, 5:20 pm

      wow! That means so much to me! Thank you very much!

  • niko December 28, 2019, 2:27 pm

    Hands down definitely THE BEST “WINTER GREEK SALAD” of all time, PERIOD!!!

    • bella | ful-filled January 20, 2020, 5:20 pm

      aw shucks! Thank you! So happy you tried my recipe!

  • Carolyn Jensen December 29, 2019, 1:59 pm

    Bella, I made this dressing for a salad I made on Christmas day. It was a roasted beet, cara cara orange and cervil salad and boy, this dressing was absolutely perfect! All of our guests enjoyed it so much!

    • bella | ful-filled January 20, 2020, 5:16 pm

      Oh wow! That is amazing, I love that you used the dressing for these other seasonal ingredients! So happy that it was a hit!

  • Ashley Cuoco April 17, 2020, 1:52 pm

    I want this SO BADLY!!!! <3

    • bella | ful-filled April 17, 2020, 4:21 pm

      hehe! <3

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