when i was super little (we’re talking 4ish years old here), my babysitter would take my sister and me to the local pizza place every friday for dinner. in fact, we were such regulars that one week, the staff (it was a small, family owned place, so it could have been the owner), treated us to our meal on the house. i thought this was the coolest thing ever! (and still remember it approximately 28 years later, in case you’re a small business owner and wondering if treating your customers well is worth the “expense”.)
we’d order basically the same thing each time: a small cheese pizza and a greek salad. the greek salads there are huge and the small pizzas easily feed two adults so it’s not hard to imagine that this was plenty of food for 1 adult and two tiny humans. what is more remarkable to me, in retrospect, is that small kate liked greek salads.
current kate is not a terribly adventurous eater (at least not by some standards) and less-small kate was a downright picky eater, but apparently greek salads snuck on to small kate’s list of acceptable foods before less-small kate realized that feta, red onions, and green peppers are not exactly made of pasta! (the olives were a no back then, but i’m sure my babysitter didn’t mind having more for herself.)
i’m glad greek salad did sneak through just in time though, because i’ve enjoyed it ever since. i still find olives to be quite strong, so i always mince them up, much to my friends’ amusement. with this salad, i wanted to replace the lettuce with quinoa, for some added protein and to make the salad more of a substantial meal. i also added chicken, but that’s definitely optional. the greek salads that small kate enjoyed did not have chicken and this one doesn’t need to either. this one has more lemon than a traditional greek salad might, but ever since deciding a few years ago that i don’t hate lemon in savory dishes (see related: not adventurous eater), i’ve been on something of a lemon-in-savory-dishes kick.
this salad is perfect all summer long, as it’s full of crunchy, cool vegetables, but with the quinoa, it’s especially nice as the evenings are starting to get just a little bit cooler, but not so cold that there aren’t still big piles of delicious tomatoes and cucumbers at the market. perhaps this quinoa greek salad will become my new weekly routine, at least until the summer veggies disappear.
do you have a favorite meal or food-tradition that you enjoy every week? tell us about it in the comments below!