Greek Salad Nachos for One

What do you do when you crave nachos AND a Greek salad? Make this crunchy plate of tangy Greek salad vegetables over crispy pitta chips, that's what. Have as a lunch or sharing snack platter.What do you do when you crave nachos AND a Greek salad? Make this crunchy plate of tangy Greek salad vegetables over crispy pitta chips, that’s what. Have as a solo lunch or shared snack. 

These past few weeks have seen me playing about with recipes for an upcoming eBook. I’ve never done an eBook (have you? Is it easy, or did you pull out your hair?) and I think I am procrastinating taking it to a local web designer by conjuring up yet more food to make and faff about shooting. Story of my life.

What do you do when you crave nachos AND a Greek salad? Make this crunchy plate of tangy Greek salad vegetables over crispy pitta chips, that's what. Have as a lunch or sharing snack platter.I can justify my procrastination by presenting it as an integral part of my craft, for it is almost inevitable that I fill the small spaces of empty time not with completing something, but with beginning something else.  And that something almost always involves food. It used to be up-cycling a piece of battered furniture, or stencilling a wall (we are talking 1990s). But as my (non-upcycled, unstencilled) shelves of cookbooks and bulging fridges (yes, plural) attest, my thoughts as well as my house are filled with food.

As for the eBook, not much of the content will appear here. I’m not wishing to be all exclusive with the recipes, it’s just that this recipe book will be quite niche. And, I think, quite necessary. It is a cookbook for those with difficulty chewing and swallowing.What do you do when you crave nachos AND a Greek salad? Make this crunchy plate of tangy Greek salad vegetables over crispy pitta chips, that's what. Have as a lunch or sharing snack platter.

Most of you will not know the difficulty of loving food but being unable to enjoy it like we all should. Challenges in eating arise through some cancer treatments and surgeries, stroke, multiple sclerosis, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, Sjögren’s syndrome and other conditions that limit the ability to chew and/or swallow. Dental issues, even temporary ones like getting wisdom teeth out, can make eating painful and stressful. Eating can also be more difficult as we get older.

My work away from here is with cancer patients and their families. I explained in a previous post that I teach on eating well through cancer treatment and beyond. Luckily most of the issues people have during treatment are temporary. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and some surgery can make eating well, and enough, quite challenging and frustrating for patient and carer alike. A big part of my job is helping people find individual and creative ways of eating around these issues until such time as their body recovers from not only the cancer, but the treatments.

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One of the images for my upcoming eBook for those with chewing and swallowing issues – Miso-Butter Sweetcorn with Marinated Tofu

However there is a hidden population of people who because of illness will always have difficulty chewing and swallowing. Perhaps you know someone yourself. My eBook will offer a “food to glow” selection of healthy, appetising, and most of all easy to manage recipes for these very folk. If you know someone with these issues then you will be aware of how little is out there for this group of people. My thought is, no matter what your limitation, we should all be able to eat good food. 

If you know of anyone who might need this book, let me know in the comments. I will report back in the autumn with more news. But until then, here is the absolute opposite of what will be in the book. Why? Because after weeks of developing soft food recipes I am craving some crunch. I tested these out on a recent evening class where I work, and it went down really well. It isn’t really a recipe as such, more an idea for a healthy, delicious sharing snack or fun lunch for one. I hope you like it. You will see that it has tuna on it, but of course use all feta, or even no cheese at all. White beans would be a great vegan option.

What do you do when you crave nachos AND a Greek salad? Make this crunchy plate of tangy Greek salad vegetables over crispy pitta chips, that's what. Have as a lunch or sharing snack platter.

Greek Salad Nachos

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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What do you do when you crave nachos AND a Greek salad? Make this crunchy plate of tangy Greek salad vegetables over crispy pitta chips, that’s what. Have as a solo lunch or shared snack. 

1 wholemeal pitta bread*

3 shallots OR 1/2 quite small red onion, thinly sliced and halved

5 radishes, thinly sliced

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

2-3 tbsp best olive oil + extra as needed

2 tsp dried oregano

pinch each of salt and sugar (yes, sugar)

1/8 long cucumber, halved and deseeded with a teaspoon and finely diced

Handful of best, ripe cherry tomatoes, small dice (shake off excess liquid)

Half jar of best tuna (the kind in jars tends to be of a better quality/provenance) in oil or water OR more feta cheese (see below) OR 1/2 tin of drained white beans, gently broken with a fork

20g (or more) best feta cheese

Small palmful of Kalamata olives or Nocellera olives, pitted and halved/sliced

A lemon

Optional extras: pickled hot peppers, fresh sprouts, fresh dill or fennel fronds (latter is shown in the images), baby salad leaves or microherbs

Method:

1. Halve the pitta bread around its seam and tear or cut into large, “tortilla-sized” pieces. Lay on a baking tray and bake at 180C/350F for 8-10 minutes, until crisp and solid but not dark. Leave to cool. *If you like, use several pitta breads and save the rest in an airtight container as they will last at least a week. You can of course use ready-made pitta chips, but watch the flavourings and salt often added to the bought kind.

2. Meanwhile, mix the shallots and radishes with the vinegar, oil, oregano, salt and sugar. Cover and set aside.

3. When the pittas are cooled lay them on a wide plate or platter in a single layer, and evenly lay over (okay, pile) the cucumber, tomatoes, tuna (if using) and cheese. Spoon over the marinated shallots/radishes and top with olives and any extras. Drizzle over a little extra oil and squoosh with lemon. Eat soon after preparing.

What do you do when you crave nachos AND a Greek salad? Make this crunchy plate of tangy Greek salad vegetables over crispy pitta chips, that’s what. Have as a solo lunch or shared snack.What do you do when you crave nachos AND a Greek salad? Make this crunchy plate of tangy Greek salad vegetables over crispy pitta chips, that's what. Have as a lunch or sharing snack platter.

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