Horiatiki Salata

October 25th, 2008 by Melina

Greek “Village” Salad


Welcome back to Recipe Week!

On the menu tonight:  Horiatiki Salata (Greek salad)

You’ll notice that this salad doesn’t involve any lettuce, capers, or other unnecessary ingredients.  A real Greek salad is so simple, but for some reason, it’s hard to find the authentic version outside of Greece.  So here I am, about to set the world straight.  

Rachael Ray, are you listening?

(Please forgive me for being such a snob.)



  1. Tomatoes (any kind, shape or color will do as long as they taste good)
  2. Cucumbers (I like the small, crunchy Persian kind)
  3. Kalamata olives
  4. Feta cheese
  5. Red onion (scallions or regular onions work well too)
  6. Olive oil
  7. Oregano
  8. Vinegar (optional)



Chop the tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.  Mix together and stir in the olives.  Place a block of Feta on top of the salad.  Drizzle the olive oil (and vinegar if you choose) over the top. Sprinkle with oregano.  

See, that’s no so hard, right?

Here’s a side note:  In Greece, the salad is placed in the middle of the table.  Nobody has their own salad plate.  Everyone shares.

Next up — Fasoulakia (green beans and potatoes in tomato sauce)

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4 Responses

  1. Robin

    This looks delicious! Thank you!

  2. admin

    Hi Robin! Greek salad is so simple, which I suppose is what makes it so fantastic.

  3. Karen

    While in Greece, we had a waiter try to convince us that shredded lettuce and a few cucumbers WAS a Greek salad. Tour food. We abandoned and went down into the village for REAL Greek food. Guess he though we were all really stupid American tourists. The look on his face when we left was priceless. The rest of the tour group stayed…

  4. admin

    Good for you! :-)

    Some of the best Greek food I ever had was when I wandered away from the touristy part of the harbor in Chania and found a little hole in the wall taverna with about five tables. Wow!

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