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APBAPB Jun 24, 2011 09:33 AM

Most of the time a Greek salad is a mish mash of iceberg, day old sliced onions, and limp peppers with a crumble of mediocre feta and an olive or two. Anybody know where one can get the real thing with a slab of creamy feta, some sweet onions, crisp peppers, tomatos, olives, oregano and a drizzle of good oil?

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  1. nsenada RE: APBAPB Jun 25, 2011 09:41 PM

    Farm Grill in Newton has a very good one.

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      Blumie RE: nsenada Jun 25, 2011 09:56 PM

      I love the Farm Grille. However, if the OP really wants "the real thing," the Farm Grille ain't it. Like most Greek salads in the U.S., the Farm Grille's has lettuce. The real thing does not. (That said, perhaps they'd make it for you.)

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        teezeetoo RE: Blumie Jun 26, 2011 06:23 AM

        i thought the "non-lettuce" ones were horataki salads: good ones at Steve's and at Family restaurant.

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          APBAPB RE: Blumie Jun 26, 2011 06:23 AM

          Yup, really looking for the "real thing" just as I ate them in my buddy's mother's home in Athens 35 years ago. He was just visiting me gere and I got the urge! Guess I'll have to do it myself. Thanks to all....unless anyone has a new suggestion.

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            Scruffy The Cat RE: Blumie Jun 26, 2011 01:34 PM

            That is not entirely correct. Horiatiki salata does not have lettuce but there certainly is a salad in the Greek canon which has lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, green peppers, and onions. You don't see it very often but it does appear in my 1956 copy of "Tselementes", which is one of those classic cookbooks every Greek home has.

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          catspercapita RE: APBAPB Jun 26, 2011 06:23 AM

          I always liked the Greek Corner in N. Cambridge but haven't been there for awhile. I noticed that triple D (Guy Fiery) was there and that usually means the kiss of death for getting a table without a three-five hour wait. Just look what he did to Rino's in eastie..........

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          Greek Corner Restaurant
          2366 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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            EATTV RE: catspercapita Jun 26, 2011 09:01 AM

            I was just there last week and posted a review. Greek Corner was all that. The tomatoes were carefully selected and reminded me of...tomatoes. A glass of Retsina was also right on time. Greek corner!

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            Greek Corner Restaurant
            2366 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

          2. kobuta RE: APBAPB Jun 26, 2011 11:55 AM

            I don't know if it's the best, but I enjoy the greek salad at Aceituna Cafe. It's got a nice zip to the dressing, and the vegetables always taste fresh. As a great plus, I can order it without the lame iceberg lettuce base. I really, really dislike iceberg, so at Aceituna I can enjoy the best parts of a greek salad without distraction.

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            Aceituna Cafe
            605 W Kendall St, Cambridge, MA 02142

            1. Berheenia RE: APBAPB Jun 26, 2011 03:17 PM

              Temptations in Brookline does a nice job of making the Greek salads I enjoyed in the sixties.

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                hhookk RE: Berheenia Jun 26, 2011 07:52 PM

                I seem remember Temptations gives you a bonus of a couple of stuffed grape leaves with thier Greek Salad too.

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                pessada RE: APBAPB Jun 26, 2011 06:20 PM

                They make a fresh village salad/horitiki
                When ordered with more than generous
                Amounts of olives and great feta

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                  APBAPB RE: pessada Jun 26, 2011 08:21 PM

                  pessada, would you please clarify which "they" you were referring to? Might want to give them a try....Thanks!

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                  DrMag RE: APBAPB Jun 28, 2011 06:26 PM

                  The Brookline Family Restaurant is Turkish, not Greek, but does a very good shepherd's salad that is quite similar to what you're looking for. You can get feta and olives as a side and hey presto! Dinner!

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                  Brookline Family Restaurant
                  305 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

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                    pessada RE: APBAPB Jun 28, 2011 06:35 PM

                    The acropolis in Needham has authentic Greek/village salad
                    With excellent quality feta

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                      lampchop330 RE: APBAPB Jun 30, 2011 01:08 PM

                      It might seem random, but Burton's Grill in Kenmore (I believe they have other locations as well) has an amazing "lettuce-less" Greek salad. Depending on the day, the chef may include a small amount of lettuce, but it is used as just a garnish or base to the bowl. The bulk of the salad consists of cucumber, tomato, red onion, Kalamata olive, feta, herbs and a light olive-oil based dressing. Bonus: you can add grilled shrimp. My absolute favorite.

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