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Ingredients

300 g cherry tomatoes or vine tomatoes
300 g fresh cucumber
100 g feta cheese diced
20 pcs Kalamata black olives
1 pcs Red Onion
100 ml Olive oil
20 ml wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon oregano
a pinch Salt
a pinch Black pepper

Greek Salad

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Greek salad is one of the symbols of Greek cuisine. It is a simple, refreshing and very healthy meal, consisting of only a few ingredients.

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Greek salad is one of the symbols of Greek cuisine. In Greece, it is often called horiatiki (village salad) or therini (summer salad). It is a simple, refreshing and very healthy meal, consisting of only a few ingredients.

Traditionally, it is made using tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives and feta cheese, seasoned with olive oil and oregano. Often you can find versions with green peppers and sometimes with capers.

Where is Greek salad from?

It was created in the late ’60s or early ’70s in Plaka, a picturesque area in Athens. There, local caterers found ways to get around government fixed prices on tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables. To a salad made of fixed-price vegetables, they added feta cheese and so created a “new” dish.  However, this dish could charge significantly more to tourists. It seems it was created as an attempt to exploit a loophole in the law at that time.

There is a similar salad in Cyprus and, of course, it is called Cypriot Salad. In addition to the usual Greek salad ingredients, capers, parsley and lemon juice are added to this.

Thanks to Greek emigration, this salad has become famous in America as well. There, it has many variations, to the point where they have almost lost the original version. In America, it can be found with lettuce, pickled hot peppers, radishes, beetroots and even anchovies or sardines.

How to serve

Greek salad is a dish in itself and is usually eaten as a main course, often paired with bread. It is sometimes served as a side dish alongside pasta, fish or meat dishes.

Since it is considered a meal, traditionally it is served on a plate or shallow dish – certainly not in a deep one.

Is Greek Salad Healthy?

This vegetable salad is a low-calorie dish, rich in Vitamin A and C. It also contains the necessary amounts of iron and potassium as well as antioxidants.

I got this recipe for Greek salad from a local in (tavern) when I was in Thessaloniki a few years ago.

Steps

1
Done

Cut the tomatoes in half. Halve the cucumber lengthwise and cut into thin slices. Cut the onions into rings (as shown). Cut the feta cheese into slices (as shown).

2
Done
1 min

Greek salad dressing

In a small jar, prepare the dressing by mixing olive oil, vinegar and oregano.

3
Done

Add the vegetables and olives to a bowl, season with salt and black pepper and pour the dressing over. Leave ¼ of the dressing for the next step. Top with the feta cheese and drizzle with the remaining dressing.

4
Done

Greek salads can be served as a main meal with bread or as a side dish.

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I think a lot of dishes, just like the Greek Salad, have lost their original recipes as there have been improved upon. I really haven’t tried the Greek salad but I think it is worth trying.

Love Greek salad and here in America, it’s either an appetizer or served as part of a main dish. So, chicken, rice, gravy and Greek salad on the side. Sorry lol. Most dishes lose their authenticity once they reach America, trust me.

So how crazy is it that a Greek Salad is a relatively new invention that has barely been around for 70 years! I would have guess that this was centuries old! I dont always choose salads, but I do love Kalamatas and Feta and all the extra flavors that come in a horiatiki (village salad) or therini (summer salad). So yummy and this recipe is pretty easy to make cept for maybe a little dicing of the cucumbers!

I love the taste of a greek salad and that you can make it your own by adding or subtracting things. In the middle east I think the closest thing is a Fattoush salad. Also, I liked learning about a bit of the history of the greek salad here. Thanks!

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