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5 Tips For An Authentic Greek Salad

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be a Greek salad. I mean a proper Greek salad. The kind you probably haven't had unless you've been to Greece or Caffi Kiki...

British pub food has bastardized the Greek salad. Limp lettuce, pitted olives from a tin and *shudders* vinaigrette. Not on my watch. Here are my top tips for making the perfect Greek salad at home, or as it’s called in Greece “Horiatiki”- village salad.

1. Leave out the lettuce.

This one is controversial and I must admit that I am partial to some mixed leaves at the bottom, but real Greek salad doesn’t waste space on soggy iceberg, everything that’s in there is there for a reason, not just to fill the bowl. Big chunky slices of cucumber, ripe tomatoes, crunchy red onion and green pepper topped with juicy olives and a big slab of feta.

2. Use organic veg if you can.

While you can never beat the taste of Greek island grown produce, there is no need to resort to those six packs of anaemic pool-ball looking things they call tomatoes in UK supermarkets. It’s all in the tomatoes. Go for organic vine ripened ones where possible.

3. Step away from the ready made salad dressings.

Apart from the fact that they’re usually so full of crap you might as well be eating a burger, you don’t want to mask the taste of your lovely fresh produce with a load of sugar, but complement it with simple olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and oregano. There’s a time and a place for balsamic, and this isn’t it.

4. Be picky with your olives.

It’s Kalamata or nothing as far as I’m concerned. There’s nothing more disappointing than a dry, shriveled slice of olive, and little known fact, when they pit olives, they actually tear out their souls. Olives should be meaty and marinated and definitely not green.

5. Be generous with your feta.

In Greece the cheese comes on top of the salad in a slab around the same size, if not bigger, than a standard pack of feta in the UK. You don't want to be digging around looking for cubes. Pa-feta-ic.

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