There’s something that I love about eating a recipe that I know has been passed down through the ages. We’ve all had Greek salad, but I wanted to make something more traditional. Something that Greek women have been tossing together in a bowl for their families long before I ever tasted one. In Greece, their traditional villagers’ salad is called “Horiatiki.”
For this recipe, I tried to stay as true to the traditional recipe as possible, while still incorporating American elements. In Greece, they don’t use any lettuce. Their Horiatiki consists of dressing and vegetables that are in season from early spring to fall — tomatoes, cucumbers, green bell peppers, and red onions. I kept the lettuce because I prefer salad that way. I also opted for cherry tomatoes because they make my heart sing, and added chickpeas for protein. The dressing is authentic and simple — olive oil, red wine vinegar, and dried oregano. Shake it together, and something magical happens.
The secret to this recipe is in the quality of the ingredients. If you use good olive oil, a real block of feta cheese, and fresh vegetables, you’ll be surprised by what you can create with such simple ingredients.
4 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
1 head romaine lettuce, rinsed, dried, and chopped
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, partially peeled and sliced
½ green bell pepper, cored and sliced
¼ red onion, sliced
1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
½ cup feta cheese
Prepare salad ingredients and combine in a large bowl. Combine ingredients for dressing in a small jar, and shake well. Pour dressing over salad just before serving. Enjoy!