4 Servings

New-and-Improved Greek Salad

The method for marinating the feta is also a good trick for other fresh cheeses—try goat, mozzarella, or paneer.




  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced into rounds, seeds removed
  • 8 oz. feta
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped oregano
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 4 Jimmy Nardello or other sweet Italian frying peppers
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 large Japanese or Armenian cucumber or 2 medium Persian cucumbers, peeled, cut into 1½” pieces
  • 1 lb. small tomatoes (such as Sun Gold and/or cherry), some halved, some left whole
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar




  • Heat ¼ cup oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add lemon slices and cook until lightly charred around the edges, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer lemon slices to a medium bowl. Set aside skillet with oil.

  • Break feta into large pieces and add to bowl with charred lemons along with oregano and remaining ½ cup oil; season mixture lightly with salt and generously with black pepper. Toss very gently to coat and set aside.

  • Set reserved skillet over medium-high heat and add frying peppers. Cook, shaking pan occasionally, until skins are lightly charred and flesh is tender, 6–8 minutes. Transfer peppers to a cutting board and let cool slightly, then cut in half lengthwise.

  • Toss onion, cucumber, tomatoes, vinegar, and a large pinch of salt in a large bowl. Add frying peppers and lightly toss again to combine. Transfer salad to a platter and scatter marinated feta with lemon slices and oil over.