Authentic Greek Salad Recipe

Authentic Greek Salad

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Ingredients

  • Vine ripened tomato / quartered

  • Cucumber / peeled and sliced

  • Red onion / thinly sliced

  • Green pepper / thinly sliced

  • Black olives

  • Feta cheese

  • Oregano

  • Salt

  • Extra virgin olive oil

Optional extra

  • Capers

  • White wine vinegar

How to make Authentic Greek Salad


I have travelled to Greece many times and one of my favourite Greek dishes is this delightful salad. There are many different versions of Greek salad you can get abroad, for example, in England they often add lettuce to it, but that is not how the Greeks make it! This recipe shows how it is commonly prepared in Greece. Enjoy!

  1. Put the tomato, cucumber, red onion, green pepper, and olives into a big bowl and sprinkle with generous amount of salt and little sprinkle of oregano. Mix it all together then top with a slab of Feta cheese.

  2. Leave the bowl to stand on the side for 15 – 20 minutes. This will allow the salt to soak into the tomatoes and bring out the wonderful juice, and will also allow the cheese to get to room temperature (the flavour of cheese is best sampled at room temperature).

  3. Just before you serve the dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle more oregano on top.

The Greeks serves this salad with chunks of bread, which they use to soak up the lovely juice at the bottom of the bowl!

  • Lyntonpepper
    Lyntonpepper says

    delightful. in a taste sensation way.

  • mishkaa
    mishkaa says

    i loooved greek salad, never got the perfect recipee though. must try this one!!! i noticed that you didnt use lemon or vinegar. where does that slight soury taste came from? is it the feta?

  • dubow
    dubow says

    ah yes, you can add vinegar to the salad. However, not all Greeks will agree that it's 'authentic'!

  • shirota
    shirota says

    yum!

  • maeku
    maeku says

    wow u r really into Greek cuisine ! a a (half) Greek got to admit that this is a true orignial Greek salad.. we call it "horiatiki" which means "village" salad or something

  • JordanC
    JordanC says

    It looks lovely except for all that feta on there.. so many calories..

  • dubow
    dubow says

    It tastes sooo good that it's worth every calorie! :)

  • JordanC
    JordanC says

    I'm sure that my girlfriend's ass wouldn't be saying that :/

  • dubow
    dubow says

    You will just have to convince the ass otherwise! ;)

  • JordanC
    JordanC says

    It's pretty convincing, I have to say :P I made this, but added rocket, finely chopped cucumber. Also, to generally keep it nice and fresh, I drizzled the bottom of the bowl with french dressing ("light" :D), placed the salad in and then slowly moved the salad around to dress it. without slapping my hands in there and smushing up the tomatoes.

  • JordanC
    JordanC says

    It's pretty convincing, I have to say :P I made this, but added rocket, finely chopped cucumber. Also, to generally keep it nice and fresh, I drizzled the bottom of the bowl with french dressing ("light" :D), placed the salad in and then slowly moved the salad around to dress it. without slapping my hands in there and smushing up the tomatoes.

  • JordanC
    JordanC says

    It's pretty convincing, I have to say :P I made this, but added rocket, finely chopped cucumber. Also, to generally keep it nice and fresh, I drizzled the bottom of the bowl with french dressing ("light" :D), placed the salad in and then slowly moved the salad around to dress it. without slapping my hands in there and smushing up the tomatoes.

  • JordanC
    JordanC says

    It's pretty convincing, I have to say :P I made this, but added rocket, finely chopped cucumber. Also, to generally keep it nice and fresh, I drizzled the bottom of the bowl with french dressing ("light" :D), placed the salad in and then slowly moved the salad around to dress it. without slapping my hands in there and smushing up the tomatoes.

  • JordanC
    JordanC says

    It's pretty convincing, I have to say :P I made this, but added rocket, finely chopped cucumber. Also, to generally keep it nice and fresh, I drizzled the bottom of the bowl with french dressing ("light" :D), placed the salad in and then slowly moved the salad around to dress it. without slapping my hands in there and smushing up the tomatoes.

  • dubow
    dubow says

    um.. thanks for the comments. can possibly delete 4 of them?! :P

  • JordanC
    JordanC says

    I only pressed it once o.O

  • joshontheweb
    joshontheweb says

    i made this and come gyros for a picnic. it turned out great, although i like it with the red wine vinegar. authentic or not it adds a good vibrance.

  • EgeBamyasi
    EgeBamyasi says

    I had this for lunch today but I omitted the green pepper, as I don't enjoy it raw. It was very good. Make sure you have it with a fresh crusty loaf. Thank you.

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