Easy, Authentic Greek Salad

August 3, 2009 | By | Comments (3)

Greek salad For recent college graduates like myself, figuring out how to navigate this place you all call the real world can be pretty tricky sometimes. So when it comes to feeding myself, I am absolutely a "less is more" girl.

Right now, my favorite "less is more" meal is the traditional Greek salad. Last spring I spent four amazing months living in Athens, Greece, and I'm not exaggerating when I say I probably ate at least one Greek salad per day while there. Trust me — when I say I've mastered the traditional Greek salad, I'm not kidding around. 

The traditional Greek salad is good for your health, filling (in Greece the salad is the meal, not a starter),  works as lunch or dinner, and you can make it in 5 minutes. For recent grads (and busy parents!) around the world, that's music to our ears.

Try it out. I only use 5 ingredients:

1. Cucumber
2. Tomato
3. Feta cheese (chunk, not crumbled — I never once saw crumbled feta in Greece)
4. Olive oil (rule of the Greeks: the greener, the better)
5. Dried oregano

(Right away you'll notice that there's no lettuce in this salad. Fun fact: real Greek salads have no lettuce in them.)

Cut up as much cucumber and tomato as you'd like (for a lunch salad, I use between 1/3 and 1/2 of a medium-sized cucumber and about 1/3 of a small tomato, but that's just me), and toss it all in a bowl. Cut off a slice of feta and place on top. Drizzle olive oil for dressing, and sprinkle with oregano. Ta-da! That's it!

What's great about this Greek salad is that you can design it around your tastes. I'm not a big olive, onion or pepper fan (yes, some might call me picky), but the traditional Greek salad can also include Kalamata olives, red onion, and green bell pepper, so feel free to throw those in too!

Lastly, to really play the part while enjoying your traditional Greek salad, call it by its Greek name, Χοριατικι, pronounced "hor-ee-AH-tee-kee." Enjoy!

For more great Greek recipes, look here.

COMMENTS

  1. Holley

    This salad reminds me of a summer I spent in Greece. I also ate at least 1 salad per day but usually more (plus bread and wine). It’s the best meal!

    August 3, 2009 at 12:33 pm
  2. Mallory

    Quick, easy, delicious and healthy – Sounds fantastic to me!

    August 4, 2009 at 9:54 am
  3. Elise

    Those salads were delicious, Carrie! Great blog!

    August 27, 2009 at 8:17 am

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