Greek salad, village salad or in Greek horiatiki salada is my favourite salad.
OK! You are probably thinking it’s because I mam Greek and I am biased, but that is not the case.
I love to have salad with my food all the time,
Except with soup,
Coz it’s too watery and I don’t like soggy veg (“,)
I’m pretty open to any salad,
I haven’t come across a raw vegetable that I haven’t liked raw therefore I’m game in trying any. The thing is, it’s the dressing I’m a bit fussy with, so most of the time, I prefer to eat my vegetables raw.
Traditional Greek salad goes with anything (well in my opinion) and can be a meal all on it’s own if you add a slice or two of crusty bread to soak up all the salad juices mmmmm…..
You get your vitamins and minerals from your juicy tomatoes, refreshing cucumbers, heated onions and crisp peppers, your protein from the feta and your good fats from the olive oil and Kalamata olives and if you roll like me you will also get your carb fix from your crusty sour dough bread, and there you have a delicious light meal or snack that’s healthy, nutritious and super duper tasty.
Plus if you have a spare 10 minutes you can also make a side of tzatziki, to dip your bread and salad into. Check out my traditional Greek Cypriot tzatziki – talatouri that’s super easy, quick and delicious. Click here for the recipe and if you want to make some homemade tasty farmhouse bread that’s super soft with a crisp crust to soak up all your salad juices click here for the recipe.
What Makes An Authentic Greek Salad?
There are a few things you have to do when serving your Greek salad that keeps it traditional:
- Leave your feta as a whole block, don’t break it up. Serve it on top of your salad and give everyone their portion when it’s time to eat
- Cut your onions into thin rings for the best flavour
- Season your salad after you portion your feta
- Use either lemon juice or red wine vinegar for some acidity
- Don’t add salt, the feta is salty enough
- 4 tomatoes, cut into wedges
- 1 large cucumber, cut into semi circles
- 1 small red onion, cut into thin rings
- 1 green pepper, cut into 1mm rings
- A handful of Kalamata olives, with the stones kept in
- 1 block of feta
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Dried oregano
- Lemon juice or red wine vinegar
- Put all your vegetables into a bowl
- Place feta on top of salad
- Drizzle olive oil and oregano over feta
- Portion feta on to every ones plate
- Season salad with olive oil, lemon or red wine vinegar and oregano to taste
- Toss everything together
- Plate up
- Serve with some crusty bread to soak up the juices (",)
Watch the video below to see me create a tradition Greek salad
Traditional Greek Salad – Village Salad Recipe
If you make this recipe let me know what you thought in the comments below or tag me in your Greek salad pictures on Instagram @gg_mix
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