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Best of three: Greek Salad

It's summer, it's warm. You want to look and feel fit? Don't think you have to be a vegetarian to enjoy a good Greek salad. But were these three we tested a hit or myth affair?

Published on January 14th 2010.


Best of three: Greek Salad

With its light and creamy Feta cheese, crisp green leaves, ripe red tomatoes, olives, zingy cucumber, purply-red onions and an oregano dressing, it is no wonder that people living around the Med live so long when they are eating colourful Greek salads all day long.

You might think they are all the same. But they aren't. It's all about the quality of the raw materials if you want to actually taste anything.

Try one of these and you'll still look Nana Mouskouri-gorgeous when you're celebrating your 95th birthday down at The Living Room.

Greek salad, Reflex Bar, Concert Street, L1

The greens: A mixed bag of watercress, lollo rosso, shredded lettuce, frissee.

The rest: Uniform slices of feta which lacked a little in flavour. Some would say, that's feta cheese for you, but they would be wrong. Tomatoes, big wedges, but lacking in any real flavour: All the other constituent ingredients in evidence, thinly slices. Nice kalamata olives, with the stone in, were the tastiest component, if indelicate to observe one eating.

Anything else: Very little in the way of dressing. A nod to olive oil over the top.

Verdict: 5/10.For feta or for worse (you're fired, ed).

Greek Feta Cheese salad: Monro pub, Duke Street, L1.

The greens: Shredded mixed leaves, could be out of a bag, but nothing bitter or unpleasant.

The rest: Plenty of bite sized cubes of crumbly feta. Sweet baby plum tomatoes, one or two pitted black olives and slices of red onion and cucumber here and there.

Anything else? Liberally sprinkled with a curious balsamic dressing. It worked for us though.

Price: A starter only on a two-course special lunch menu @ £7.95

Verdict: 7/10: Small but perfectly formed

**WINNER**

Greek salad, Bacchus Taverna, 14 Waterloo Road (by Costco), L3

The greens: Big, crisp and generous cos leaves picked off a real lettuce on the premises. Imagine that.

The rest: Lots of moist feta with a lovely tang, the perfect foil for the sweetness of the many thick slices of vine tomatoes. Very generous on all the other ingredients, too, which showed every indication of having been prepared there and then. Nice light olive oil vinegar and oregano dressing too.

Anything else: We didn't have a picture of this one but have supplied a picture of a lovely Greek salad for your viewing pleasure.

Price: £5.95 (Huge and a meal in itself).

Verdict: 9/10: We bow to Bacchus

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Any more for any more?May 14th 2008.

Last time I ate at the Bacchus, I had a very interesting time indeed, but possibly even not as interesting as the account given by that wise and knowledgable scammer Fat Git when he is at home on Liverpool Confidential. Is he out on the bimble again anytime soon?

Greek InufunyunsMay 14th 2008.

Can't say I've ever eaten at Bacchus but would hope not to have another aerial view of their signature salad - reminds me of Shrek. Anyone else seen a collection of cold vegetables (and fruit if you're gonna get picky about toms) that resemble a cartoon character?

PavlinaMay 14th 2008.

I find Greek salads in restaurants always disappoint. For a brilliant homemade authentic Greek salad combine the following in a large bowl: cut tomatoes, sliced cucumber, sliced red onion, lots of loosely crumbled real feta, a very generous amount (about 2 heaped tablespoons) of finely chopped parsley, lots and lots of dried oregano, black kalamata olives, lots of capers, black pepper and several heavy glugs of a good quality olive oil. About 15 mins before serving give the salad a good seasoning of salt and mix well to allow the flavours to mingle. No vinegar necessary as the tomato juices more than suffice. Serve with crusty white bread.

Leo SayersMay 14th 2008.

That's no way to talk about Nadia

Fat GitMay 14th 2008.

Funny you should say that, Any more for any more....I have been busy pursuing the fine arts of Chinese cuisine as closeley as I have been following the ups and downs of city politics - and I don't mean crispy duck and pancakes or those massive beef dumplings.

KittyMay 14th 2008.

We had our Christmas Meal at Bacchus as I work at Princes Dock and the food was lovely. Service was great too. Deffo going to try out this salad.one sunny day soon!!

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