It is fitting that the word nostalgia is derived from Greek. It encompasses a yearning for the past, a Greek compound of the meanings “returning home” and ” pain” or ” ache.” I turned my own nostalgia- missing my friends, today in particular one of my closest friends who is Greek and inspired this- into the tangible: my version of a Greek salad. I felt much better after I ate it.
Parsley or cilantro make a great substitute for romaine, or God forbid, iceberg lettuce. The subtly spicy leaves add a lingering kick to this delicate and refreshing salad. Adding sea salt, a little habit I picked up in Spain, mildly enhances the flavor of tomatoes.
Nostalgia ( Yours Truly)
- 1 bunch of fresh parsley or cilantro
- 8 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- quarter of an onion, diced
- 1 Persian cucumber, peeled and diced
- 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- cracked pepper to taste
- dash of sea salt
- Tear leaves off of one thick bunch of parsley or cilantro, leaving no stems in the salad.
- Combine remaining ingredients and toss in olive oil and lemon. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Miss you.