Greek salad, anyone? How a Greek Salad that’s vegan? “Impossible!” you might respond, but if you try one from Purple Carrot, the results may surprise you!
Purple Carrot’s Greek Salad recipe utilizes a vegan “feta” that put me on cloud nine. Having studied abroad in Greece in college, I know what a great Greek Salad takes like, so I can certainly vouch for this one!
This recipe is a vegan find that couldn’t be more of a win-win for me because in an effort to #PledgePlants and cook vegan on a regular basis, I know I can still have my vegan Greek Salad and eat the cheese too! Check out the recipe below.
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Greek Salad with Za’atar Eggplant and Marinated “Feta”
Adapted from Purple Carrot
Time: 20 Minutes
2 sprigs of thyme, stemmed
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
¼ cup vegan ricotta
½ tsp dried oregano
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tomato, cut into wedges
1 romaine heart, chopped
3 mini sweet peppers, sliced
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
¼ cup walnuts
1 eggplant, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tsp za'atar spice
2 oz kalamata olives, halved lenghtwise
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
In a medium bowl, combine the thyme leaves, lemon zest, ricotta, half of the dried oregano, juice from half a lemon, 2 tsp olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Gently stir the “feta” and set aside.
Arrange the chopped romaine, tomato wedges, and sliced peppers on a large platter for serving.
In a small bowl, mix together the remaining oregano, red wine vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the walnuts and cook the nuts until fragrant and toasted, about 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer walnuts to the vegetable platter.
Return the large nonstick skillet to medium heat and add 2 tbsp olive oil. Add the eggplant and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned in places and tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the za’atar spice and toss to combine. Cook eggplant for an additional 2 minutes.
Top the vegetable platter with the olives, marinated "feta," and za’atar eggplant.
Serve the Greek salad on plates and drizzle with red wine vinaigrette!