In the July-August (2018) edition of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, there is a delightful recipe for “A Greek Winter Slaw for Summer” or Greek coleslaw or Politiki Salata.
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Having lived in Greece many years ago, I don’t recall eating this particular recipe for Greek coleslaw, but the feta cheese and olives certainly add a new taste dimension to coleslaw made without mayonnaise.
It has certainly become a family favorite this summer.
Greek Slaw with Feta Cheese and Olives
Yield 4 servings
A delightful recipe from Milk Street featuring cabbage slaw, carrots, celery stalks topped with crumbled feta cheese and olives. Allegedly inspired by Greek cooking, it is called Politiki Salata.
- 1/2 medium head greed cabbage, thinly sliced
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely shredded
- 5 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
- Kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 medium garlic clove, finely grated
- 3 medium celery stalks, thinly slice on the diagonal
- 1 small or 1/2 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into rough matchsticks
- 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives
- In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrots, 3 tablespoons of the lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss gently, just until the vegetables begin to wilt, about 1 minute. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes or until the cabbage softens slightly. Alternatively, cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, sugar, garlic, remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 3/4 teaspoons of salt.
- Add the celery and bell pepper to the cabbage mixture. Drizzle with the dressing and toss. Using tongs, transfer the salad to a serving bowl, leaving behind any accumulated liquid. Top with the feta and olives.