Bending over, pulling back the leaves on the bean plants to see if there were enough for a mess, I turned my head , and saw hanging from the trellis, among the thick foliage a huge cucumber (11 1/2 inches–I measured it!). I was surprised not only by the size, but that there would be even one cucumber mature enough to pick. Only a couple of days ago, I had pulled up the only other cucumber plant because it was yellowing and drying up. I had rescued just one small, somewhat shriveled cucumber from that plant before its demise. This other plant has been blooming for quite some time, and its vines have begun to trail down from the trellis and all over the rest of the garden, but only in the last few days have I been able to spy a couple of small inch-long cukes.
It took me just seconds to grab the big cucumber, pull up a couple of green onions, and pluck a ripening tomato from its vine. I knew what I was going to do with it!
Make a Greek salad!
This salad made with fresh tomato, cucumber, some onion, feta cheese, a shake or two of pepper, with oil and vinegar splashed on has been my favorite since my Air Force days in Greece (see more here). A neighborhood pizza place just around the corner from my apartment in Glyfada was almost my home away from home and where I often had a big Greek salad, and a delicious pizza, something that ruined me on American pizza for a number years after I got back to the U.S.
My salad tonight tasted almost as delicious as the Greek salad that lives in my memory. There were already a couple of tomatoes I had picked earlier in the week waiting to be cut up, added to the rough chucks of cucumber, bits of onion, and the feta cheese that had been waiting in the fridge for this occasion. I have to admit that instead of vinegar and oil, I use Kroger’s Greek dressing, which I like even better.
Oh, and I don’t care what you’ve been served in restaurants; I never had one Greek salad in Greece with lettuce in it.
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