Salad in its various forms is considered as the favorite dish, encountered for centuries in the eating habits of nearly every culture and the Greeks are no exception in that, especially after a certain point in time when the Original Greek Salad became a standard part of a traditional Greek meal. Ancient Greeks and Romans enriched their diet with a salad of mixed greens accompanied with a sauce of the season. The Latin word «sal», which means salt, gave the salad its name since it was an integral ingredient.
Greece is famous for its culinary traditions, as the Greek nature generously offers a wide variety of agricultural products making Greek cuisine one of the richest in the world.
The most popular and internationally recognized Original Greek salad is the “Horiatiki” or as commonly known, Greek Salad. It is one of the finest and most representative dish of the Mediterranean cuisine since it well known for its high nutritional value.
The Original Greek salad is said to be created after the Greek revolution. The key ingredient is tomato, which came to Greece in 1818. It is said that those occupied in manual labor either in the countryside or in the city, carried with them for lunch one onion, a few olives, cucumber, tomato, and salt that together with a slice of bread entered into a cloth which was tied by the four edges. Over the years, households that wanted to enrich their meals and especially salad with more ingredients added some cheese, a bit of oregano to eliminate the bitterness, vinegar and olive oil.
Worth mentioning is the favorite habit of Greeks to place a small piece of bread on the fork and dip it in the juice of the salad, consisting of olive oil and juices from the vegetables. This practice, known as “vouta” is the Greek quintessential of satisfaction! The consumption of Original Greek Salad comes at its peak during the summer months, as the rich colors and intense flavor of the vegetables, give a special and refreshing feeling even to the most demanding palates.
2 tomatoes, each of them cut in 8 pieces
- 1 cucumber cut in slices
- 1 onion cut in slices
- 10 olives
- 150 grams of feta cheese cut in small cubes
- 2 tablespoons of vinegar
- 2 table spoons of olive oil
- Salt and oregano
Wash and cut into pieces the tomatoes, cucumber, and onion
- Pour into a bowl
- Add olive oil, vinegar and mix them well
- Add feta cheese, olives, and oregano
- Wait for 5 minutes before serving so that the juice and olive oil is absorbed from the vegetables