Greek Salad or Horiatiki Salad is an easy, delicious and versatile salad that is perfect with a lot of main dishes. This traditional Greek salad only takes about 10 minutes to make, and is perfect as a light lunch or paired with main dishes.
I make a lot of recipes ranging from different cuisines, and one of my favorite ways to eat is to pair recipes from different cuisines together. It's like having the world on your plate, and eating dishes that belong from different countries and cultures.
I love this Greek Salad, because it basically pairs perfectly with pretty much EVERYTHING I make. So that makes it a very versatile salad, right?
My husband loves this salad so much that he says he just wants to eat this, instead of all the other recipes I make.
And I make a ton of delicious recipes. I mean that's my job as a food blogger. 😛
What Is It Made With?
Traditional Greek Salad is made with simple, fresh ingredients. There is no lettuce in Greek Salad.
It's usually served with the tomatoes, olives, cucumber and onion on the base topped with a big hunk of feta cheese.
In the pictures here, you can see that I've used cubed feta, but if you're going for a completely traditional Greek Salad, then you can top it with a big piece of feta.
Lucky me though, because this is the easiest salad ever. It takes only 10 minutes and as always you can adjust it according to your tastes.
Ingredients You'll Need
- Cherry tomatoes
- Red onion
- Black olives (traditionally Kalamata olives are used)
- Feta cheese (yum!)
The Delicious Dressing
You only need two ingredients for the greek salad dressing: excellent quality extra virgin olive oil and dried oregano. A lot of recipes call for red wine vinegar as well, but since I didn't have any on hand I didn't add it to the salad.
Just seven ingredients and ten minutes. That's all you need to make this Greek Salad, which I guarantee you'll want to eat all summer long.
Just make sure to use quality, fresh ingredients since that makes a big difference in salads.
If you want to go for an authentic greek salad, then I would suggest using kalamata olives (I couldn't find them here - so I went with black olives) and green bell pepper.
I had actually planned to add green bell pepper to the salad, but I totally forgot.
So if you're wanting to make a super authentic greek salad, then I would highly suggest adding kalamata olives and sliced green bell pepper.
However you make this salad, it always turns out delicious. Probably because of the feta cheese (which is my favorite cheese). Cheese always makes everything better, doesn't it? :p
What to Pair it With
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- 2 cucumbers sliced in half lengthwise, and then cut into thick wedges
- 1 medium red onion thinly sliced
- 1 cup black olives pitted
- 10 oz creamy feta cheese cut into chunks
- In a mixing bowl whisk together the olive oil and oregano.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and olives and toss so that the dressing coats the salad evenly.
- Top with chunks of feta cheese and sprinkle with more oregano if desired.