Thursday, 16 May 2013

Greek Salad Dressing

I hope everyone spoiled their dear Moms and Grandmas/Nanas/Grannies/Omas etc with loads of attention and hugs last weekend for Mother's Day.  Personally, I love Mother's Day.  Not for the gifts but because I get to be the centre of attention.  Yup, I admitted it.  I do loves me some attention and I unabashedly use Mother's Day to get lots of hugs (even from my 13 year old who is not a fan of PDA at the best of times).  Most years, probably because the kids were young, I didn't make a big deal about it.  But since my kids are tweens and a teen I figured they're now old enough to learn how to pamper me. 

My boys had a big Scout Camporee (with 5,000 other Canadian and American Scouts) for the weekend but did manage to make it home on Sunday afternoon in order to thank me for giving them life among all the other things I give my children on a daily basis.  I started out the day with Brad and Missy Moo making me homemade pancakes in bed (topped with sliced strawberries and whipped cream, no less), bacon, OJ and the compulsory COFFEE.  A caffeinated mom is a sane happy mom, I always say.  It was all delicious!

I completed my day with a 90 minute soak in m'tub while I watched a few episodes of Elementary followed by all five of us making tacos for supper together and watching the final Survivor show (or at least most of it before bedtime).  It was a divine day and I milked it for all it's worth.  I even managed to talk to my own Mom who happened to fly back into Canada with my Dad after 2 weeks away in France.

In order to belatedly celebrate Mother's Day I thought I'd share a family favourite recipe from my Mom.  It's been in all of our recipe books for years and years and is definitely one of my all-time favourite salad dressings.  I actually whipped up a half batch of it for my lunch today (it's marinating some yellow peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and feta.  Mmmm!).  It's so versatile that it not only can be used as a salad dressing but makes a wonderful marinade for chicken, pork or pasta salads! 

There's just something so fresh about the flavour of this dressing over a bowl of diced tomato, cucumber, red onion, kalamata olives and peppers.  Go enjoy this and don't forget to hug your Mom 'just cuz'!!

2 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup olive or grapeseed oil

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.

Serve over a salad which includes:
Kalamata olives
Red onion
Greek pepper
cubes of Feta cheese
Romaine lettuce (optional)

Or, marinate chicken breasts/thighs or pork tenderloin overnight in this marinade.

Source: My Mom

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