What is the secret to a delicious Traditional Greek Feta salad (Horiatiki)?
The secret to a delicious Traditional Greek Feta Salad (Horiatiki) is in the ingredients. Make sure you buy fresh ingredients. The tomatoes need to be juicy, ripe tomatoes. The English cucumber needs to be shiny and crisp. As far as the onion is concerned, you can use either red onion or spring onion. The olive oil needs to be extra virgin olive oil. I love Kalamata olives in the salad. You can never go wrong with Kalamata olives but you can use any other Greek olives you wish.
Does this traditional Greek salad contain lettuce?
There are many Greek salads that contain lettuce and leavy greens. These salad are well known as ‘Green Salads’. A Traditional Greek Salad (Horiatiki) does not contain lettuce or any leafy greens. A traditional Greek Feta Salad (Horiatiki) contains juicy ripe tomatoes, fresh crispy cucumber, fresh green pepper, Kalamata olives, onions and of course Feta cheese.
Which is the best Feta cheese to use in a Traditional Greek Feta salad (Horiatiki)?
The best Feta cheese to use in a traditional Greek salad (Horiatiki) is to use the authentic mature Feta made form sheep and goat’s milk.It has a distinctive taste. You can get cow’s milk Feta, though this is not the authentic Feta used in this salad as it tastes milder.
What can I serve this Greek Salad with ?
There can never be a traditional Greek laid table without a traditional Greek Feta Salad (Horiatiki). You can seve this salad with any meat/fish/vegetable dish you want. You almost certainly serve it with crispy sourdough bread.
You can enjoy the traditional Greek salad as a side dish or even as a main course ; perfect for lazy evenings.
Traditional Greek Salad (Horiatiki)
- 3 large fresh tomatoes
- 300g feta cheese
- 1 onion
- 1/2 english cucumber
- Kalamata olives
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 50ml extra virgin olive oil
- green pepper (optional)
- Start by assembling all the ingredients in the kitchen counter.
- Wash the tomatoes, cucumber and green pepper under running water.
- Slice the tomatoes into wedges.
- Slice the onion, emince cut.
- Slice the green pepper.
- Continue by cutting the cucumber in half ,length wise, and then into small 1cm pieces. You can either remove the skin of the cucumber or not. I prefer not to peel the cucumber.
- Cut a slice of the Feta cheese and then into cubes.
- In a large salad bowl, add the tomatoes, onion, cucumber, olives and feta cheese.
- Dress the salad with olive oil, salt and oregano.