Greek Salad - A Mediterranean Classic

April 17, 2021

Greece is the home of many beautiful things. From its deep history to the ancient ruins to the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean. With this Greek salad recipe, you are able to bring a little bit of Greece to your home and enjoy all it has to offer.

The Greek salad or horiatiki salad is a beautiful symbol of what the Greek countryside has to offer. Believe it or not this dish is not that old. It was brought about in the 1960s or 70s and added to menus for the American tourists but has now become a staple in Greek cuisine.

This recipe will show you everything that the beautiful country of Greece has to offer. It is the perfect thing to bring to a summertime barbeque or even on a nice picnic or hike. No matter where you enjoy this Greek salad you will feel as if you are enjoying it in a Greek café.

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Taste Score: %77
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 0 mins
Total 15 mins

Tips

  • Feel free to use a blender for your dressing. It will save your wrist and will emulsify better.
  • If you do not or cannot find feta cheese, you can substitute cotija cheese for it as it has many of the same qualities.
  • Add some capers and caper juice to the dressing instead of salt for more earthy salty flavor.
  • The dressing can be prepared 3 hours ahead. Let it stand at room temperature. Re-whisk before using.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, vinegar, oregano, and dill together until blended. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, bell pepper, olives in a bowl. Toss with dressing. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Greek Salad
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
Calories241
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 13 mg4.3%
Sodium 333 mg14.5%
Potassium 328 mg7%
Protein 4.1 g8.2%
Total Fat 21.8 g27.9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What other ingredients can you add to Greek salad?

Just like any salad you can add pretty much anything you want to a Greek salad. One thing you could add to this is some lettuce.

It might not technically be a Greek salad after that but go right ahead. Other things you could add instead are some avocado, nuts, fruits, legumes, or some pita chips. The sky's the limit with what you can add to your Greek salad to make it your own.

What is Greek salad dressing made of?

Salad dressing with lemonsPhoto By Canva

A traditional Greek salad dressing is really a Greek vinaigrette as it contains olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, some dill, minced garlic cloves, dried oregano and salt and pepper. There are some recipes that call for you to put some caper juice and capers in the dressing instead of the salt. OR if you are feeling adventurous, try adding an anchovy or just some juice as it adds a deep salty flavor.

Does Greek salad contain lettuce?

Greek Salad in Greece is often called a Village Salad or horiatiki salad. It typically has cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, Kalamata olives, green pepper, and Feta with a dressing made from olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice. It is usually seasoned with a little dried oregano, but no lettuce.

Is Greek salad healthy?

Greek salad is low-calorie and nutrient-dense, also providing you with a healthy dose of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and iron. It also contains phytonutrients and antioxidants, which reduces the risk of health problems such as heart disease and cancer.

What do they call Greek salad in Greece?

Greek salad or as the locals call it, horiatiki salad, is popular in Greek cuisine generally made with pieces of tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and olives. It is usually dressed with salt, pepper, Greek oregano, and olive oil. Common additions include green bell pepper slices or caper berries. Greek salad is often imagined as a farmer's breakfast or lunch, as its ingredients resemble those that a Greek farmer might have on hand.

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