My Big Fat Greek Salad

Anybody remember the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, from 2002? Wow! 10 years already… Well, this Greek girl meets and falls in love with an Irish guy (I think) and she has to introduce him to the family. In one of the scenes they are having dinner and Toula (Nia Vardalos) tells her aunt that her boyfriend, Ian (John Corbett), doesn’t eat meat and this is what happens:

Aunt Voula: What do you mean he don’t eat no meat?

[the entire room stops, in shock]

Aunt Voula: Oh, that’s okay. I make lamb

That is a great movie if you like romantic comedies. Nia Vardalos is very funny and she shows that you don’t need to be a 34-24-34 in. kind of girl to be an actress. And John Corbett, well… he’s not that well-toned neither, but yet very attractive (ask Carrie Bradshaw).

Today I’m posting the salad, for Ian. Tomorrow the lamb, for auntie.

Have a very nice day!


4 tomatoes cut into wedges

1 onion, cut into strips

½ cucumber, diced

225 g pitted black olives

225 g feta cheese, diced and drained

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves

Parsley for garnish


5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and pepper


Prepare the dressing in a bowl, mixing oil, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, cilantro, salt and pepper

Stir in the onion, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, cheese and cilantro. Give it a good shake and garnish with parsley.


20 Replies to “My Big Fat Greek Salad”

  1. I loved that film, it was so funny (reminded me a lot of when I used to go back to the aunties in Italy), so many brillant lines in it. It also reminded me of a holiday I had with 3 girlfriends to Skiathos. There was a little restaurant on the beach and every day we said “we´ll have a light lunch and then a proper lazy dinner…we´ll have a Greek salad and a glass of water”. Of course, we never did…grilled squid, gallons of wine and of course greek salads! It has become a joke over the years when we go out for lunch together that we´ll just order “a Greek salad and a glass of water” but to be honest, if the salad looked as good as this one, I´d definitiely order it. With wine though 😉

    1. Hi Tanya!
      Of course… Russo, you have Italian blood. Yes that’s a very funny movie; I guess many of us can relate to these scenes when you marry someone from another country/culture, like us.
      I’ll have a glass of wine too, please 😉
      Un beso,

  2. This is such a fresh-looking salad, so tasty! As good as it sonds now, it will probably be all the better when out tomatoes are in peak season, come August. Can’t wait!

    1. Hi Fergie!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂
      A good salad is always welcome. With these gray and cold days we’ve been having they are like a ray of sunshine on the table.

  3. I loved it so much dear Giovanna, I haven’t seen this film, but as soon as I want to find and watch it. Your photographs standing so real as if I can eat them…. Thank you, Thank you, with my love, nia

    1. Hi Nia!
      Please do watch it and tell me if you liked it. I’m glad you like the salad.
      Thanks for your comment, have a wonderful day. No, I think is night over there already, well Nighty Night 🙂

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