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The Ultimate Greek Salad
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Whenever I make this, it's met, at first, with slightly patronising amusement - and then with the most colossal greed. The trick is twofold: first, substitute sliced fennel for the more traditional cucumber (which has the added benefit of not making the salad go soggy on standing); second, let the onion steep, sprinkled with dried oregano, in the oil and vinegar long enough for it to lose all of its acrid, rib-sticking aftertaste. This version is mild, abundant, gloriously summery. If you don't like fennel, just leave it out, although don't be tempted to reinstate the cucumber.
Serves: 6 - 8
This recipe was first published in Fri Jul 01 01:00:00 BST 2005.