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Horiatiki Salata: Greek Salad

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I have had Greek Salad many times before, and I always liked it. But when I experienced this traditional recipe in Greece, I started to love it!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 large, ripe, tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/4 pound (113.5g) Greek feta cheese, sliced
  • Dried Greek oregano (rigani)
  • Sea salt
  • Top quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 dozen Greek olives (Kalamata, green Cretan olives, etc.)

Directions:

Wash and dry the tomatoes, cucumber, and green pepper. Clean off the outer skin from the onion, wash, and dry.

Cut the tomatoes into bite-sized irregularly shaped chunks, removing the core. Salt lightly. Slice the cucumber into 1/4-inch slices, cutting slices in half (whether or not you peel the cucumber is a personal choice). Salt lightly. Slice the pepper into rings, removing the stem and seeds. Salt lightly. Slice the onion into thin rings.

Combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper and onion in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle with oregano, pour olive oil over the salad, and toss. Just before serving, place the feta on top of the salad, and toss in some olives. Sprinkle the cheese with oregano (and pepper if desired), drizzle olive oil over the top and serve. The perfect wine to pair with this salad is an Assyrtiko, from the volcanic soil of Sanorini; but a Pinot Grigio will go great too!

Notes:

Horiatiki Salata is the traditional recipe that I fell in love with while I was in Santorini, Greece. I have had Greek Salad many times before, and I always liked it. But when I experienced this traditional recipe in Greece, I started to love it! This recipe is really simple; the secret, as is so often the case, relies on finding the best quality ingredients. It’s totally worth the trip to your international grocery store to find a high quality feta cheese. DO NOT USE CRUMBLED FETA. Also note that the traditional version does not include lettuce.

Nutrition Facts:

4 Servings

Amount Per Serving
 
Calories 170.2
 
Total Fat 10.9 g
 
Cholesterol 22.3 mg
 
Sodium 551.9 mg
 
Potassium 487.9 mg
 
Total Carbohydrate 14.6 g
 
Dietary Fiber 2.9 g
 
Sugars 1.4 g
 
Protein 5.6 g

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Oia, Santorini - unbelievable views!

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This is the infinity pool in our hotel. The volcano that destroyed the Minoan Civilization centuries ago is located right across. I will never forget this wonderful site! And the wonderful food too!!!

 

 

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