Greek salad with shrimp

Today, our month of reader recipes continues with a twist on Greek dakos salad from Julianna, a menswear merchant from New York City. “My family is Greek and has owned Greek restaurants since immigrating to America. A Greek food purist might laugh that I call it a dakos salad because it’s made with torn bread and not barley rusks, but I think it’s a close comparison!” Here’s how to make it…

Greek salad with shrimp

Greek Shrimp Salad with Quick Tzatziki

Julianna first shared this recipe on a post about Alex’s 10-minute salmon sandwich. “This is my go-to meal when I’m burned out, missing my family and want something that feels like it took effort but cooks up in the time it takes for me to finish my post-work glass of wine.”

You’ll need:

Olive oil
Lemon juice
Red pepper flakes
Bread crusts
Red onion
Red wine vinegar

For quick tzatziki sauce:
Greek yogurt
Shredded cucumber
Olive oil
Spices (salt, pepper, oregano, dill) as desired

Pan fry shrimp with olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and red pepper flakes. While that’s grilling, tear up some bread crusts, chop a tomato and red onion, and crumble feta into a bowl. Once the shrimp is done cooking, dump them and the pan juices over it all and top with red wine vinegar. Add some spinach and mix. To make the tzatziki, shred a bit of cucumber and mince some garlic into Greek yogurt; add some olive oil and whatever spices you love (salt, pepper, oregano or dill) and let it sit before dressing the salad.

Thank you so much, Julianna! What are your family’s signature dinners?

P.S. More recipes, including shrimp and ginger stir fry and lemony soup with white beans.

(Photos by Ali Stafford for Cup of Jo. Thanks to Franny Eremin for helping with this series.)