Greek-Style Salad (With mostly local ingredients)

The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes locavore this way:

lo·ca·vore noun \ˈlō-kə-ˌvȯr\

LOCAVORE: one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible

Origin of LOCAVORE

local + -vore (as in carnivore)
First Known Use: 2005

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I try to challenge myself to prepare local ingredients for our meals whenever I can, other times I incorporate local produce and products into a meal. This is infinitely easier to do during summer when the herbs and veggies can be plucked from the garden, or purchased from local vendors at the Farmers Markets.

One evening recently it was too hot to cook ~ a Greek-style salad seemed like just the thing, and I was able to make it with almost everything grown/produced locally. Yay! 

Home grown/made:

Basil & Herbs (for the vinaigrette) from my garden
Homemade red wine vinegar

 Locally grown/made:

Feta cheese from the local goat dairy

Sourdough bread baked by a local artisan bakery (using locally grown wheat, too.) 

Tomatoes, Cucumber and red onion from the Farmers Market

And a good bottle of red wine from one of our local wineries.

 (Bet you can guess which elements I couldn't source locally...)

 Yes, the Kalamata olives, olive oil, salt/pepper, and of course the imported water. :)

How about you? Are you a locavore, or do you try to eat that way once in a while? 

I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day everybody. ~m.



  1. I have that same lovely tablecloth my friend...I adore it! They do not offer it any longer either!
    I am making an almost identical salad tonight along with some chicken souvlaki....GMTA!

  2. Mmmmnnn! Love Greek salad and the fact that it's made with local ingredients is even better!

  3. Yummy, what a perfect weekend meal

  4. Nice little twists on the Greek salad yet staying true to this summer delight.

  5. i am a local pig... definition? i can over eat any where, any place any time :)

    it looks so wonderful, we did a picnic at angel island today with baguette, cheese and olives, your salad would have been perfect too :)

    been gone last week, wanted to call you with a J update from ucd, oy is all i can say...

  6. These are a few of my favorite things...she said as she broke into song.
    Living on the west coast in Canada we can only get most fresh fruits and vegies in July and August. The rest we bring in. However if you want some fabulous halibut or salmon we are your go to people.

  7. What a beautiful presentation! and one of my favorites, too :) I try to go local, but is mostly possible during the summer when I visit the farmer's market. The fruits and the vegetables have definitely more flavor and taste. I made strawberry preserve with locally grown strawberries, it's just flavor in a jar!

  8. Mari~ Beauty on a plate. Your colors and images are so vibrant! What a breathtaking salad. You know you're a foodie when you describe food as breathtaking!!! I have never heard of Locavore~ I am def. one!
    Your food is art!

  9. Gorgeous salad, M. & I LOVE all those shades of blue! Mouth-watering shots!

    I think I'm a good Locavore in the summer, with all the garden produce & farmer's markets but not so much during the winter here. I could do better.


  10. HI Mari, I am SUCH a salad lover and wish I could eat one every night! This looks so delicious, I make a very similiar one. I buy locally in the summer, that is the only time it is available:( XO, Pinky

  11. Thanks for the new word:)

    And lovely photos:)

    jain you cracked me up..'s always so nice when you post..please do it more often..
    Pretty please.

  12. Des photos qui vous mettent en appétit...
    gros bisous.


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