Horiatiki Salata: Greek Salad

Greek salad
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
86 Calories
5g Fat
7g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 86
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 292mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 4g
Calcium 115mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In Greek: χωριάτικη σαλάτα pronounced haw-ree-AH-tee-kee sah-LAH-tah

A traditional Greek salad is a staple in just about any Greek restaurant anywhere in the world. But what makes such a salad authentic, and how can you make one at home? This recipe should get you started and impress your dinner guests, whether or not they frequent Greek establishments.

This salad has many individual variations, but here are the basics to work from. This is the traditional version that does not include lettuce and features tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, bell pepper and Greek olives. Many cooks peel the tomatoes if the skins are tough; this does require an extra step of blanching the tomatoes, so it is up to you. A perfect salad to take advantage of summer's bounty, but a refreshing treat any time of year. Feel free to add anchovies or capers to the salad before tossing.


  • 4-5 large tomatoes (ripe)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bell pepper (green)
  • 1 large onion (red)
  • Garnish: salt (sea, to taste)
  • Garnish: oregano (dried, Greek 
  • rigani)
  • Garnish: Olive oil (top quality extra virgin, to taste)
  • 1/4 pound feta cheese, (Greek, sliced or crumbled)
  • Optional: pepper
  • 1 dozen Greek olives (Kalamata, green Cretan olives, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • Garnish: pepper (pickled pepperoncini hot peppers)

Steps to Make It

  1. Wash and dry the tomatoes, cucumber and green pepper. Clean off the outer skin from the onion, wash and dry.

  2. Cut the tomatoes into bite-sized irregularly shaped chunks, removing the core. Salt lightly. Slice the cucumber into 1/4-inch slices, cutting slices in half (whether or not you peel the cucumber is a personal choice). Salt lightly. Slice the pepper into rings, removing the stem and seeds. Salt lightly. Slice the onion into thin rings.

  3. Combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper and onion in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle with oregano, pour olive oil over the salad, and toss.

  4. Just before serving, place the feta on top of the salad, either as one slice or crumbled, and sprinkle the cheese with oregano (and pepper, if desired). Toss in some olives. 

  5. Mix a little bit of oil with the water and drizzle over the top. Serve garnished with hot peppers.