Greek Salad (Horiatiki)
During our visit to Greece, the greek salad became the main start to most of our evening meals. A delicious start just about any meal! What makes a traditional greek salad? The fresh ingredients of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and kalamata olives. Often seasoned with salt, oregano, topped with olive oil, and a splash of red wine vinegar. The final touch is a generous portion of Feta cheese on top of the salad. You may consider asking for Pita bread (if not offered) to soak up the olive oil. These fresh salads are worth making again once you are home to avoid the heavier and less than healthy salad dressings offered in the States.
A good recipe to consider is as follows (from mygreekdish.com)
- 3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
- 1 medium red onion, sliced into rings
- 1 cucumber, pilled and sliced into thick half-moons
- 1 green pepper, sliced
- 16 black olives
- 200g block feta cheese (7 ounces)
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/4 of a cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- sea salt
Start this Greek salad recipe (Horiatiki) by preparing your vegetables. Wash thoroughly and strain the vegetables. Cut the tomatoes into wedges, slice the onion into thin rings, cut the cucumber in thick slices and place everything in a large bowl. Don’t forget to add the olives as well. The traditional greek salad always has the feta cheese place on top. Enjoy!