Monday, September 28, 2009

Horiatiki Salata: Greek Salad

On the menu in every Greek restaurant and many non-Greek restaurants as well, this salad has many individual variations, but here are the basics to work from. This is the traditional version that does not include lettuce.
Note: Many cooks peel the tomatoes if the skins are tough; it's a personal call.

Prep Time: 15 minutes


· 4 large, ripe, tomatoes
· 1 large red onion
· 1 cucumber
· 1 green bell pepper
· 50 gr of Greek feta cheese, sliced or cumbled
· dried Greek oregano (rigani)
· sea salt
· top quality extra virgin olive oil
· 1 dozen Greek olives (Kalamata, green Cretan olives, etc.)


Wash and dry the tomatoes, cucumber, and green pepper. Clean off the outer skin from the onion, wash, and dry.
Cut the tomatoes into bite-sized irregularly shaped chunks. Slice the cucumber into 1/4-inch slices, cutting slices in half (whether or not you peel the cucumber is a personal choice). Slice the pepper into rings, removing the stem and seeds. Slice the onion into thin rings.
Combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper and onion in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle with oregano, pour olive oil over the salad, and toss. Just before serving, place the feta on top of the salad, either as a slice or crumbled, and toss in some olives. Sprinkle the cheese with oregano (and pepper if desired), add the olive oil and serve.
Yield: Serves 4-6

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