Authentic Greek Salad (Horiatiki Salata/ Χωριάτικη Σαλάτα)
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There will be many versions of a Greek salad, but having spent over 30 summers on mainland Greece, this is the only recipe I have ever known to be an authentic 'Horiatiki' Village Greek salad and the only recipe you will ever need! No lettuce. Just great tasting vegetables ripened by the sun and a generous slab of feta cheese. Serve with quality extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of dried oregano.
1-2 beef tomatos (must be ripe and juicy), roughly chopped
1 banana pepper (long and light green in colour), sliced
1 medium red onion, finely diced
½ cucumber, sliced
A handful of Greek olives, (Kalamata are best)
2-3 Tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt to taste
200g block feta cheese
A good pinch of Greek oregano
Chop all vegetables and place into a large bowl.
Add the Greek extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt oregano and mix well.
Top with the feta, olives (optional) sprinkle with more oregano over the cheese and a drizzle of olive oil for presentation.
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Everything goes with a Greek salad!
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Tomatoes - are a good source of vitamin C and potassium, and rich in lycopene, a natural antioxidant that gives tomatoes their nice red colour. It can help improve heart health, lower risk of cancer and great for skin and vision. (Source)
Banana peppers - is a good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and folate which are essential for maintaining heart health and antioxidants to help reduce cancer risk. (Source)
Red onion - nutrient dense, meaning they're low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. Red onions are rich in anthocyanin, which are powerful plant pigments that may protect against heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. (Source)
Cucumber - contains antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic disease. (Source)
Greek extra virgin olive oil - specifically Greek oil, has the lowest acidity (approximately 0.5%) and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Benefits may include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and improves bone calcification. (Source)
Red wine vinegar - has a number of benefits, including lowering blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. (Source)
Feta cheese - a good source of calcium, phosphorus and protein, all of which have been proven to promote bone health. (Source)
Oregano - (it must be Greek oregano, as there is a difference in flavour) Oregano is high in antioxidants, it can help prevent damage by neutralising disease-causing free radicals, and contains certain compounds that have potent antibacterial properties. (Source)
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Many of my recipes call for Greek products like Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek honey or Greek oregano. It is not mandatory for it to be Greek in order to make the recipe, you are more than welcome to use a good quality alternative; just keep in mind if you are after the authentic flavours of Greece these details do make all the difference in Greek cuisine. You can shop these ingredients here.
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Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.