Greek salad – revisited

Classic Greek salad

Greek salad is something I’ve eaten a lot of over the years. It’s a classic salad that I love,  but when I order it out at restaurants it’s more often then not, a disappointment, made with second rate feta and flavorless tomatoes.  When I make a Greek salad at home it’s something I would never use a recipe for but I was looking through George Calombaris’s book Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart and his take on the classic Greek salad – horiatiki salata or  village salad.  There was nothing revolutionary about George’s recipe for Greek salad but there were a few things that were different from the way I would usually make it at home – George’s recipe called for red wine vinegar instead of lemon juice, green peppers instead of red and a sprinkle of dried oregano which is something I would probably never use in  salad.

On the weekend I tried making the salad George’s way and it was good really good, better than my usual version of Greek salad.  The red wine vinegar gave it more of a robust kick and the  green peppers were crunchier then then red peppers and gave a better texture and flavour contrast to the sweetness of the tomatoes and cucumbers. This is a classic salad that is worth revisiting. Use a nice, crumbly proper Greek feta and you can’t go wrong.

Classic Greek Salad #vegetarian #recipe

Village salad (horiatiki salata)

Adapted from George Calombaris Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart

  • 8 ripe tomatoes, coarsely cut
  • 1 continental cucumber, peeled, de-seeded and coarsely cut
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 green capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 200 grams (6 1/2 ounces) feta sliced thick (I used Dodoni)
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Olive oil, to taste
  • Red wine vinegar, to taste
  1. Mix together tomatoes, cumber, onion, capsicum and olives in a salad bowl.
  2. Top with crumbled feta and a sprinkle of oregano and pinch of salt
  3. Dress generously with olive oil and red wine vinegar to taste.

Comments

  1. Greek salad is the best! I’m looking forward to using our new summer tomatoes to make a few big bowlfuls. 🙂

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