Greek Salad/Horiatiki

September 9, 2019mayurisjikoni
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EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP

THEME: #212 SALAD STORIES 

Salads, what are salads? Salads are a combination of ingredients put together like grains, vegetables, fruits, meats, nuts,seeds. Vegetables and fruits are usually cut into small pieces, grained used are cooked, meats are usually boiled or roasted and nuts and seeds are either added raw or roasted lightly.

A salad is usually enjoyed as a starter, as a light meal or with a main dish. Its the best way to eat your daily required vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If a salad is consumed as a meal then its necessary to get your protein, carbs and good fat included in it.

The more colorful a salad is the more tempting and attractive it is, making it a meal or side dish that even kids would love to have. I know of many adults too who say no to salads.

Personally, I’m a big fan of salads. Give me a bowlful and I’m happy. However, the ingredients especially the fruits and vegetables have to be crisp and crunchy. The worst thing one can serve in a salad is wilted vegetables and fruits.

My favorite kind of salads are the ones with cheese in them. Words on the menu like mozzarella, feta, cheddar, goat cheese all pop up for me. So no wonder when Narmadha who blogs at Nam’s Corner suggested salads as our next theme I immediately knew the salad I was going to make. You’ve got to check her blog out for some exciting recipes like her Bourbon biscuits and dosa pizza.

I had a large collection of salt recipes on my blog but what was missing is a Greek Salad. Greek Salad or as its commonly called in Greece Horiatiki Salad, is a basic refreshing combination of fresh, tangy and crispy ingredients. Its a very simple salad to put together and its the yummiest. I hear that the feta cheese we get everywhere outside Greece is not the type they have there. Its suppose to soft. However, for now the feta I bought will have to do till I get the opportunity to taste the real thing when I go to Greece in April. Yes, another family wedding and its in Greece this time.

The basic ingredients of the salad are tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, olives, onion and feta. You will find slight variations as it all depends on one’s taste.

I also believe in making my own dressing at home. I’ve tried a readymade Greek Salad dressing and I found it too sour. Making the dressing at home hardly takes a few minutes. I love to put the dressing ingredients in a jar, close the lid tight and give it a good shake. Remember close the lid tight. I once didn’t put the lid on properly and in a matter of seconds had dressing all over me and the wall!

This time no dressing on me or the wall, just in the salad. So lets check out to make this easy peasy salad.

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GREEK SALAD/HORIATIKI SALAD

Serves 2

For the Salad:

1 medium size cucumber

½ sweet pepper, any colour of your choice

10-15 cherry/plum tomatoes

10-15 olives (ideally kalamata olives)

100g (approx 1 cup) feta

1 medium red onion

a handful of mint leaves (optional)

For the Greek Salad Dressing:

4 tbsp virgin olive oil

1 tbsp wine vinegar, or any of your choice

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp dried oregano

1-2 cloves of garlic, minced

¼ tsp sea salt

½ tsp pepper powder

Get the salad ready:

  1. Wash all the vegetables and pat them dry on a kitchen towel.
  2. As the skin of the cucumber was tender I didn’t peel it. Cut into slices and then either halve or quarter them.
  3. Cut the pepper into cubes.
  4. Cut the cherry tomatoes into halves.
  5. You can leave the olives whole or cut them into halves.
  6. Cut the onion into thin long slices.
  7. The feta can be cut into cubes or you can crumble it.
  8. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

Prepare the Dressing:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a jar and give it a good shake.

Greek Salad is ready to be served immediately with the dressing on the side or drizzled over it. Or leave it in the fridge for a while and enjoy it chilled during summer.

Tips:

  • I used colored pepper as I prefer them over the green ones.
  • If you don’t get kalamata olives (they taste so different from the green and black ones) then use black ones.
  • Use a proper vinegar and not vinegar substitute for your salads.
  • Add more lemon juice instead of vinegar.
  • I have tried to make the classic version of the Greek Salad. You can add seeds and nuts for variation.
  • Use dill instead of oregano.
  • I just couldn’t resist adding fresh mint leaves. Its entirely optional.

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If you do try this recipe then please either

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  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
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  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

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39 Comments

  • poonampagar

    September 10, 2019 at 8:53 am

    I also love cheese in my salads and a colorful Greek salad with homemade salad dressing is a flavorful treat for sure. Loved the choice of salad ingredients here

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 10, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam.

       
  • Batter Up With Sujata

    September 10, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Greek salad sounds healthy refreshing and super yummy. I can imagine the burst of flavours in the salad. I also love mint leaves in my salad. Lovely share .

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 10, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata.

       
  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    September 10, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    I love greek salad and have made it a couple of times and thoroughly enjoy it. I love the dressing you have added here and yes you are right, for a salad to be right everything needs to be crisp.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 10, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks Renu. I hate a salad that has wilted veggies.

       
      1. The Girl Next Door

        September 11, 2019 at 3:55 pm

        I love salads with cheese in them, too. This one looks absolutely delicious! I love the dressing you have used here too. 🙂

         
      2. mayurisjikoni

        September 11, 2019 at 6:11 pm

        Thanks Priya.

         
    2. mayurisjikoni

      September 11, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you so much Renu, I had wilted veggies.

       
      1. Ruchisvegkitchen

        September 20, 2019 at 3:06 am

        Greek salad looks very colourful and tasty. Homemade Greek salad dreSisng is something very appealing. Would love to try soon.. lovely presentation. Tasty , healthy and crunchy start of the meal..

         
      2. mayurisjikoni

        September 21, 2019 at 3:54 pm

        Thanks Ruchi. I love making the dressings at home as their are less acidic.

         
  • FoodTrails

    September 10, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    This one of the favourite salads at my place that kids love to have with garlic croutons in it.. your right crispy and crunchy veggies are the stars of any salad with a good light homemade dressing ..lovely pics of salad bowl, making it more tempting!!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 11, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you so much Swaty. With croutons sounds like a good idea.

       
      1. Elizabeth O

        September 15, 2019 at 4:25 pm

        I love this bowl of salad. It looks fresh and delicious. I can’t wait to make this at home.

         
      2. mayurisjikoni

        September 16, 2019 at 8:45 pm

        Thanks Elizabeth.

         
  • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    September 12, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Greek Salad is definitely one of my favorites and that’s because I just love the olives and if there are artichokes in it, those too!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Gigi, not tried it with artichoke.

       
  • Kevin Akidi

    September 12, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    This looks so good and the colors are so vibrant. I like that it is easy to make and takes very little time. I do love a good salad

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much Kevin.

       
  • Adriana

    September 13, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Yumm this looks amazing.. Ill take that with extra croutons 🙂

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      Ummm A Greek Salad with croutons, now that’s an idea.

       
  • Valerie Gray (@valmg)

    September 13, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    My husband is a big salad fan too. He’s really enjoy this one, he loves feta and is a big fan of olives as well.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:51 pm

      I totally am with him, feta and olives in a salad pair so well.

       
  • Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf)

    September 14, 2019 at 4:42 am

    I love Greek salads as they are always so refreshing, so bursting with yummy and simple ingredients! It’s the sauce, the salad dressing that makes the final touch.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks and yes the salad is a burst of flavors.

       
  • twinspirational

    September 14, 2019 at 6:13 am

    This salad would be perfect for our dinner, my friends will really love this, thanks for sharing this recipe..

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Most welcome and thanks.

       
  • Olya Amanova

    September 14, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I love salads and Greek is my all time favorite. This kind here is the best I’ve tasted so far. Absolutely perfect ingredient set.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you so much Olya.

       
  • mudpiefridays

    September 14, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Wow, I love this recipe it is so delicious and look so easy to prepare. I will def try to make this for the whole family.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you so much and yes its so easy to make.

       
  • Preethi Prasad

    September 15, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I love greek salad with Feta cheese. Your memory trip made me nostalgic as it reminded of my Greece trip last year.Most memorable trip of mine. Loved your version of greek salad with fresh homemade dressing sounds fantastic.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks Preethi, as I mentioned, Greece is on our travel plan next year.

       
  • Vasusvegkitchen

    September 15, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Greek salad looks super delicious and healthy. I never tried and tasted cheese in salad, love to taste this salad. All the ingredients used in dressing made the salad very yummy 😋. Also I want to try your Avacado tomato and Feta salad 😍.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks Aruna, as I said I love cheese in my salads. Hope you’ll be able to try the recipes you like. I got the feta cheese from Big Basket.

       
  • Kiwi

    September 16, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I love this salad. It looks so clean and the dressing is something I want to make really soon!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much Kiwi.

       
  • Archana

    September 21, 2019 at 11:20 am

    We seem be of the same kind. Both of us like salads will be happy with a bowl of it. Greek salad is our current favorite salad I will love to make the vinnagrate in a bottle. Thanks for reminding me to close the lid tightly.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 21, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks Archana, I love the salad as its filling and so refreshing.

       

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