I was blown away the first time I had an authentic Greek salad, known as Horiatiki. The thick and creamy slab of feta cheese on top juxtaposed with the simplicity of everything else. And those salty Kalamata olives! Truly delicious. So, don’t overthink it… just keep it simple and savor all of the fresh ingredients.
- 1 large, ripe tomato
- 1/2 a large cucumber, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 a large red onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup Kalamata olives
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 8 ounces Feta cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon capers
As much as possible, cut ingredients such that the juice can be put directly into the salad. Perhaps tear the tomatoes apart above the salad bowl, or cut them directly over the bowl. Add cucumber, bell pepper, onion, olives, and salt. Use your hands mix the ingredients together, occasionally pressing the tomatoes to allow the juice to infiltrate every nook and cranny of the other vegetables.
If you can manage dairy, place a thick slab of feta directly on top of the salad. If not, that’s perfectly ok. Sprinkle oregano and olive oil over the salad to finish it off, and that’s it! Enjoy.
Built in honor of Greek goddess Athena, the Parthenon is the crowning jewel of the Acropolis of Athens. The unique structure has managed to maintain its elegant position above Athens since 447 B.C., despite earthquakes, fire, wars, explosions and so much more. It was once one of the most important buildings dedicated to religious life in the city, now it is a worldwide recognized symbol of Greece.