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Traditional Greek Salad

Traditional Greek Salad

Horiatiki: Greek Village Salad
In Greece, Horiatiki or Greek village salad, is served most often from early spring to the early part of fall. And it’s truly the best use of the season’s quality produce including juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, green bell peppers, and onions.

Quality Greek kalamata olives and creamy feta cheese, made from sheep’s milk, are a must in this salad.

The dressing is as simple as they come, a splash of good extra virgin olive oil and citrus (a little red wine vinegar or lemon juice).

Ingredients for Horiatiki Greek salad
Greek salad ingredients
Horiatiki, the real deal traditional Greek salad consists of a few simple ingredients: tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, red onions, olives, and blocks of creamy feta cheese. The vegetables are typically cut into large chunks, and there is no lettuce or other fillers added. A dash of kosher salt and dried oregano to season. And the dressing is typically a drizzle quality extra virgin olive oil and vinegar (I typically use red wine vinegar).

Ingredient notes
Tomatoes – Roma tomatoes or vine-ripe tomatoes will work well in this salad. 
Cucumbers- I prefer English cucumbers which are seedless and tend to be sweeter in taste. Choose firm, smooth-skinned cucumbers.
Onions- I like red onions in this salad. And if you want to take the edge off, soak your sliced onions in a solution of iced water mixed with vinegar for a bit before adding them to the salad
Olives- Greek kalamata olives are the ones to use here, but black olives will work also.
Choose firm and smooth looking green bell pepper.
Creamy feta cheese – If at all possible, use quality Greek feta made from sheep’a milk. Never crumble the feta, cut it into large chunks and add it on top of the salad.
Do not add lettuce or other leafy fillers.

Greek salad dressing
Like I mentioned earlier, horiatiki salad is simply seasoned with a dash of salt, and maybe some dried oregano. It is typically dressed with nothing more than good extra virgin olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar. Very basic and elegant. But sometimes, if I have some ladolemono dressing in my fridge, I will use it on this salad instead.

Traditional Greek Salad Recipe
Simple traditional Greek Salad with ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, olives and creamy feta cheese.

▢1 medium red onion
▢4 Medium juicy tomatoes
▢1 English cucumber (hot house cucumber) partially peeled making a striped pattern
▢1 green bell pepper cored
▢Greek pitted Kalamata olives a handful to your liking
▢kosher salt a pinch
▢4 tablespoon quality extra virgin olive oil I used Early Harvest Greek olive oil
▢1-2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
▢Blocks of Greek feta cheese do not crumble the feta, leave it in large pieces
▢½ tablespoon dried oregano
Cut the red onion in half and thinly slice into half moons. (If you want to take the edge off, place the sliced onions in a solution of iced water and vinegar for a bit before adding to the salad. I do this in the video).
Cut the tomatoes into wedges or large chunks (I sliced some into rounds and cut the rest in wedges).
Cut the partially peeled cucumber in half length-wise, then slice into thick halves (at least ½” in thickness)
Thinly slice the bell pepper into rings.

Place everything in a large salad dish. Add a good handful of pitted kalamata olives.
Season very lightly with kosher salt (just a pinch) and a bit of dried oregano.
Pour the olive oil and red wine vinegar all over the salad. Give everything a very gentle toss to mix (do NOT over mix, this salad is not meant to be handled too much).
Now add the the feta blocks on top and add a sprinkle more of dried oregano.
Serve with crusty bread.

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