Santorini Salad with Grilled Shrimp

In parts of Greece, the traditional feta and vegetable salad is prepared without any vinegar; it simply gets a drizzle of fruity olive oil.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1 cucumber—halved, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3/4 pound cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 12 Calamata olives, pitted
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 pound Greek or French feta cheese, cut horizontally into 4 slabs

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the lemon juice with the shallots, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of the oregano; season with salt and pepper. Add the shrimp, toss well and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the cucumber with the tomatoes, green and yellow bell peppers, olives, lemon zest and the remaining 1 tablespoon of chopped oregano. Season the salad with salt and pepper and toss well.

  3. Light a grill or heat a grill pan. Thread the shrimp onto 4 skewers and grill over moderate heat, turning once, until cooked through, about 3 minutes.

  4. Mound the salad on plates and top with the feta. Drizzle each salad with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Serve the shrimp on the side.

Suggested Pairing

A bright Sauvignon Blanc with herbal hints, good citrusy acidity and no oak will complement the raw vegetables and tame the salty feta.

Contributed By Photo © William Meppem Published May 2002

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