Our new, melon & feta salad at Nerai is a modern and refreshing twist on the classic Greek salad that we all know and love. Made with sweet watermelon and honeydew, chunks of feta cheese, over a yogurt avocado puree, and drizzled with a strawberry vinaigrette, this fresh and light salad is perfect for the summertime.
You might be surprised to see avocado in this salad. After all, avocado is not an ingredient that is traditionally grown in Greece, nor incorporated in most Greek dishes.
But these days, avocados are being cultivated in Crete and they are becoming increasingly popular additions in Greek cuisine.
In the late 1980s, Greek farmers started growing avocados because they received grant money from the EU. They were promised a high yield because avocados, unlike other crops, are not as prone to pests and diseases. For Greek farmers, it seemed like there was much potential for profit.
As a result, citrus farmers and families with olive tree groves in Crete started to switch to growing avocados instead. At first, this led to a decline in profits. Avocados were indeed easier to grow — but since they were so new and foreign, it took time for Greek people to develop a taste for avocados.
Nowadays, avocados have become more popular in Greece. They won’t be found on every Greek table, but they are starting to appear in more and more Greek restaurants.
One of the most popular ways to incorporate avocado in traditional Greek dishes is through salads. Rich in taste and creamy in texture, a ripe avocado is the perfect addition to any simple Greek salad.
Try our new melon & feta salad at Nerai! Make a reservation today.