This horiatiki salad is an authentic Greek dish that you won’t ever want to stop eating! Made with the freshest summer vegetables, olives, and feta cheese, this recipe is simple but so impressive.

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Newsflash: you’ve probably been doing Greek salads all wrong! If you’ve been to Greece, you’ll know that the horiatiki salad is the REAL Greek salad. I studied abroad in Athens, and totally fell in love with this dish while there.

What is a horiatiki salad?

A horiatiki salad is an authentic Greek dish you’ll find on menus and in homes all over the country. The main ingredients are tomato, cucumber, green bell pepper, red onion, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and olive oil.

Horiatiki salads are different from American Greek salads in a few ways:

  • Made without lettuce. You only use chunky vegetables in this salad without any lettuce or greens.
  • Simply dressed. Horiatiki salads are simply dressed with a bit of red wine vinegar and a generous amount of good quality olive oil. They’re seasoned lightly with salt and dried oregano.
  • Uses whole block feta cheese. No cheese crumbles here! You top traditional Greek salads with thick slices of feta cheese, from a block packed in brine. It’s so much more flavorful, tangy, and salty than the crumbled variety.
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What’s in horiatiki salad?

You need a handful of simple ingredients for this recipe. Be sure to purchase the freshest, most in season produce you can find for best results. The flavor of this salad relies on perfect produce!

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Green bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Kalamata olives
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Dried oregano

How to make this recipe

  • Chop tomatoes and bell pepper into large chunks.
  • Half peel cucumber and slice into half moon shapes.
  • Thinly slice red onion.
  • Add veggies to a large mixing bowl with Kalamata olives.
  • Shake in salt and dried oregano.
  • Drizzle in red wine vinegar and a generous amount of olive oil.
  • Toss well. Transfer to a shallow serving bowl, and top with sliced feta cheese.
  • Drizzle with a bit more olive oil, then serve right away.
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Authentic Greek Horiatiki Salad (Gluten Free)

This horiatiki salad is an authentic Greek dish that you won’t ever want to stop eating! Made with the freshest summer vegetables, olives, and feta cheese, this recipe is simple but so impressive.

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: side dish
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Ingredients

  • 2 large vine ripened tomatoes, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, half peeled and sliced into half moons
  • 1/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thick slices
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 34 tbsp good quality olive oil
  • 2 thick slices of block feta cheese packed in brine

Instructions

  1. Combine all the chopped vegetables and the olives in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add a generous shake of salt and oregano. Toss gently to combine.
  3. Drizzle in the red wine vinegar and olive oil. Toss again to coat.
  4. Transfer salad to a shallow serving bowl. Top with sliced feta cheese in the center of the salad. Drizzle with a little more olive oil + another shake of dried oregano.
  5. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Best eaten right out of the shallow serving bowl.
  • Try to get a few chunks of vegetgables + a salty/tangy bit in each bite (feta cheese, an olive, or onion).

Keywords: horiatiki salad, gluten free

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