Monday, May 13, 2013

The REAL Greek Salad

You don't know a real Greek salad, "horiataki" as it's called in Greek, until you've been to Greece, or had a Greek make one for you.  You know how sometimes you can find a, so called, Greek Salad in most all American type  restaurants, well, I say "Bleh"!  I'm going to teach you the proper way to have a Greek salad.  The way I had it when I would spend summer's in Greece.  After a long swim in the Mediterannean we would go to a Taverna and chow down, right before we went home for a nap!  Usually we would get a bunch of small dishes and all share, a Greek salad was one of these dishes and ALWAYs included in our lunch times.

This dish is easy to make and a crowd pleaser because it looks so pretty.  You can cut everything up the "morning of" and they will be fine sitting in the fridge till you are ready to go.  Here are the ingredients for a large salad (and remember, a Greek salad should NEVER have lettuce in it--yes, I feel very strongly about that!)


5 large large tomatoes sliced into bite size pieces
1/2 a sliced red onion
1 cucumber also chopped into bite size pieces
A small hand full of fresh dill
Handful of Kalamata Olives
A few sprinkles of Oregano
A pinch of salt
12 oz of feta cheese
Olive Oil
Balsalmic Vinegar
French Baguette or other yummy bread

To Make:

-Chop up tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and dill.
-Throw the above ingredients in a bowl and mix along with olives.
-When ready to serve salad, place large chunk of feta cheese on the salad and sprinkle with oregano.
-Drizzle with Olive Oil and Sprinkle with vinegar (enough of both to make the desired amount of dressing.  Remember, your ratio of olive oil to vinegar should be 3:1, if you are unsure, make the dressing separately).
-Now bring the salad to the table and toss in front of your guests!  
-And don't forget about one of the best parts!  Grab your bread and soak up some of those delicious juices!  Mmmmmm, I'm hungry just thinking about it!


  1. Thank you, Jess! Your Mom made the best Greek salad ever! I expect this recipe to be it!! Love you!

  2. Thank you so much - I've never had Greek salad at any restaurant outside Greece that tastes quite as good as the real thing, and this recipe is it! Thanks for sharing!

    1. So glad you like it Erika! Hope you enjoy!