Greek salad is popular in Greece and around the world. The Greeks call it Horiatiki (meaning village) and say that it’s very tasty and healthy.
Since this week marks the beginning of lent, it’s the perfect time to share with you my Greek salad recipe. This salad is very colorful and has a wonderful variety of flavors. From the salty and creamy texture of Greek feta cheese to the sweetness of beets and the tanginess of lemon, oregano and extra virgin olive oil dressing. With all these flavors, you just can’t help liking this salad.
Here’s what I like in my Greek salad – crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy cucumbers and radishes, juicy tomatoes, sweet beets, Greek black olives and Greek feta cheese. I am not a fan of red onions in a salad, but if you happen to like onions, by all means add them. I make my Greek salad dressing in a jar. I think it’s fun to put all the dressing ingredients in a jar, tighten the lid and shake it to combine all the ingredients. I also don’t toss the salad with the dressing. I prefer to serve the dressing on the side, so it can be gently drizzled over individual servings. I think a thick and crusty bread is definitely a must with this delicious salad. It’s true what the Greek people say about this salad – it is very tasty and healthy.
- 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
- 2 large red tomatoes, washed cut in half, first, then thickly sliced
- 1 large seedless cucumber, washed cut in half, then thinly sliced
- 6 radishes, washed and thinly sliced
- 7 ounces canned beets
- 7 ounces Feta cheese cubed
- 24 whole Greek black olives
- 1 clove of garlic crushed
- 1 lemon, juiced
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large salad bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, beets, Feta and black olives. (Feel free to add thinly sliced sweet red onions, if you so choose to)
- In a small jar with a lid, combine all the dressing ingredients, replace and tighten the cap, shake vigorously to combine the dressing.
- Drizzle the dressing over individual servings.
- Serve this delicious Greek salad with thick crusty bread