Greek classic: Horiatiki salad

This is the original post, published July 2011. Link to indexed and formatted recipe here: horiatiki salad

horiatiki saladNot all Greek salads contain lettuce. This is a summer favorite at our house, because it’s quick, easy, and delicious.

The ingredients are the star in this salad! Use ripe tomatoes and fresh cucumbers. Use a decent feta that you buy in a block, not the pre-crumbled stuff from a plastic package. Make your own dressing from olive oil and red wine vinegar in a 3:1 ratio. Use fresh oregano, and if you like the zing, perhaps a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and you’ll never go back to bottled dressing again.

  • 2-3 ripe red tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled or unpeeled as you prefer
  • 1 green pepper or perhaps a banana pepper, in slices or chunks
  • 1/2 red onion, in thin slices
  • a handful of Kalamata olives – pitted, if you have unwary eaters
  • a small block feta cheese, crumbled or chunked
  • fresh oregano
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)

Cut the vegetables; nothing should be bigger than bite-sized. If the onion is a bit too sharp, you can soak the slices in ice-water for up to an hour, to remove some of the heat (or just use less).

Strip oregano leaves from the stems, and run a knife through them to chop them a bit smaller, and to release their flavors (you’ll smell this – mmm, fresh!). Put the leaves in a bowl, and add salt if using, and then the olive oil and vinegar. Whisk well to combine (nothing fancy here, a fork works) then add all the chopped vegetables and olives. Toss lightly.

Top with crumbled feta cheese and serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon if you’d like a bit more zip.

2 Responses

  1. […] how about a Greek horiatiki salad? […]

  2. […] Greek village salad: horiatiki […]

  3. Yum!!!!! Right up my alley!! Can’t wait to try it! Also, wanted to let you know I finally made the Sorrel sauce and it was YUMMY!!!!! Thanks for sharing your expertise!!! 🙂 Tami

  4. Cyndi, this one’s just for you, since you asked!

Leave a comment

Back to Top