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Horiatiki (Greek Village Salad) » Simple and Healthy Recipe! ✅

Transport yourself to the Greek islands with this Horiatiki Salad! This classic recipe is packed with fresh chunky vegetables, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and topped with red wine vinegar and olive oil. It’s fresh, flavorful, and ready in minutes!

I visited Greece many years ago and ate some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted.

I ate my weight in chicken souvlaki, tzatziki, Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and honey, along with a variety of Greek desserts that surpassed anything I’ve ever eaten here at home.

The interesting thing is that the Horitaiki salad (also known as the Greek people’s salad), is what really blew me away. The ingredients were incredibly simple, but they were so fresh that the flavors burst.

I do not prepare this salad in any season other than summer, because that is when the ingredients are at their best.

It makes a difference and really lives up to the salads I had in Greece!

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Horiatiki, also known as Greek Village Salad, is rustic, thick, and bursting with flavor.
  • It’s the perfect way to use market or garden tomatoes and cucumbers in the summer.
  • It sets up in minutes and can be made up to an hour in advance.
  • It’s a great summer side dish or vegetarian lunch!

recipe ingredients

There are only a few simple ingredients in this Horiatiki salad, so it’s important to enhance them for maximum flavor.

Notes on ingredients

  • Vegetables. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion are classic ingredients in this Greek village salad, but you’ll often find chopped green bell peppers as well. Your favorite variety of tomatoes or onions will work great!
  • olives. Kalamata olives are traditionally used in this salad, but if they are too strong for you, use your favorite variety of olives.
  • feta cheese. A block of brined feta cheese is the freshest and makes a big difference in this recipe, but you can use whatever is available or what you have on hand.
  • Vinegar and oil. Red wine vinegar and olive oil come together for a simple “dressing” that brings this salad to life!
  • originate. You can use fresh minced or dried oregano.

How to make the Greek Village Salad

This Greek Village Salad is extremely easy to make because it doesn’t require much cutting and the dressing is a breeze.

pro tipRecipe: Use the freshest vegetables you can find, plus good quality olive oil and vinegar for maximum flavor.

See the recipe card below for full instructions.

  1. Put the chopped vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. Season the vegetables with red wine vinegar first, so the vegetables can absorb it for maximum flavor.
  3. Season with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  4. Serve the salad dressed with a thick rectangle of feta cheese, dried oregano, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Frequent questions

What is the difference between horiatiki and Greek salad?

If you order a Horiatiki salad or a Greek village in Greece, it includes chunky, rustic vegetables and olives, a creamy block of feta, and dried oregano on top. It comes topped with red wine vinegar and olive oil, which may sound simple, but that’s all you need because everything is so fresh.

Greek salad is a compound salad, meaning it contains lettuce, the vegetables are cut smaller, and the feta is crumbled into the salad. It comes included in a finished dressing as well as my Greek salad dressing.

What does horatiki mean?

Horiatiki means village, so it is also called Greek village salad. It is made from tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese and is simply seasoned with vinegar, oil and finished with oregano.

Horiatiki

it is pronounced horatiki hor-ya-tee-kee.

service tips

There are so many ways to serve this Horiatiki Greek Salad!

recipe notes

  • pro tipRecipe: Use the freshest vegetables you can find, plus good quality olive oil and vinegar for maximum flavor.
  • For best results, dress the salad with vinegar and oil no more than 1 hour beforehand, adding the feta just before serving.
  • Customize this Horiatiki Salad with your favorite tomato variety or add chopped green or yellow bell peppers as well.
  • The recipe is easily scalable to feed a crowd as needed!

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Horiatiki (Greek village salad)

Horiatiki, or Greek Village Salad, will transport you to the islands of Greece! It’s fresh, flavorful, and finished with a simple drizzle of oil and vinegar for the perfect summer salad!

  • 2 medium tomatoes cut into wedges and then cut in half
  • 1 medium medium cucumber I used without seeds
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 12 kalamata olives
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, cut into thick slices or cubes
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • dried oregano to serve
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Place tomato, cucumber, red onion, and kalamata olives in a medium bowl (if using diced or crumbled feta instead of a thick slice, add that now too).

    2 medium tomatoes, 1 medium medium cucumber, 1/4 cup thinly sliced ​​red onion, 12 kalamata olives

  • Add the red wine vinegar and mix to combine. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, then mix until incorporated.

    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Divide salad among (2) plates and garnish with a slice of feta cheese, a quick drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of dried oregano. Serve and enjoy your food!

    2 ounces feta, dried oregano

  • pro tipRecipe: Use the freshest vegetables you can find, plus good quality olive oil and vinegar for maximum flavor.
  • For best results, dress the salad with vinegar and oil no more than 1 hour beforehand, adding the feta just before serving.
  • Customize this horiatiki salad with your favorite tomato variety or add chopped green or yellow bell peppers as well.
  • The recipe is easily scalable to feed a crowd as needed!

Calories: 279 kcal, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: 24 g, Saturated Fat: 6 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14 g, Cholesterol: 25 mg, Sodium: 708 mg, Potassium: 491 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 6 g, Vitamin A: 1311 IU, Vitamin C: 22 mg, Calcium: 184 mg, Iron: 1 mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and should only be used as a guide for informational purposes.

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** This recipe was originally published in July 2018. Added step-by-step photos and edited text to include more information about the recipe.

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