Yesterday when I visited Kalyn’s Blog I saw that she had posted about an American Greek Salad. When I read some of the comments, I saw that people were talking about their experience of Greek Salads, as they were expecting a salad with tomato, cucumber, feta, onion, oregano and Kalamata Olives. Some said their salad was served with lettuce, others said about anchovies, others about potatoes and that made me think. What makes a Greek Salad, Greek?
I replied to Kalyn that according to my opinion if the basic ingredients are : Greek olive oil, Greek oregano, kalamata olives, onion, feta and the combination of certain vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, coriander, etc., then it’s a Greek Salad. Otherwise the salad everyone has in mind as a Greek salad which is tomatoes, cucumber, feta, onion, olive oil, oregano and kalamata olives is called “Horiatiki”, meaning village salad.
After commenting on Kalyn’s salad I opened my refrigerator and took out anything that could make a Greek Salad.
Every Tuesday there is a Farmers’ Market near my house and when I go I buy enough things to last for a week. I had already made a salad with lettuce, spring onions, dill, parsley which I prepare and keep in a Tupperware and it stays fresh until we consume it.
I bought Piperies Florinis these are roasted red sweet peppers (I have not blogged about them yet) but you can find them in jars in shops selling Greek products.
I had bought fresh anchovies and marinated them again.
I had bought beetroots which I boiled and had some leftovers which I peeled and preserved in the refrigerator with oil and vinegar.
I had gherkins, capers, kalamata olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, oregano. I had everything to make the perfect Greek Salad and a Greek Salad Dressing.
I saw at Mike’s Blog a dessert served in phyllo cups and then I saw at Elly’s an appetizer made in phyllo cups. It’s been a long time I also wanted to make some phyllo cups for a salad. I looked into the freezer but did not have phyllo. I had puff pastry and that was good enough for what I wanted to make.
This would be a very difficult salad to make everything from scratch. However, as I had most of the ingredients at hand it was easy. Even if you use a combination of any of these ingredients I am sure you will still make a lovely salad.
My Greek Salad
A little bit of everything
- Romaine Lettuce, coarsely cut
- 1 Spring onion, finely cut
- A few sprigs of Dill, finely cut
- A few sprigs of Parsley, finely cut
- ½ Tomato, sliced
- ½ Cucumber, sliced
- 2 Piperies Florinis, cut in pieces
- 6 Kalamata Olives, pitted and cut
- 2 Gherkins, cut in small pieces
- 4 Marinated anchovies, cut in pieces
- 1 spoonful of capers
- ½ boiled beet, cut in pieces
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Greek salad dressing
Place everything in a salad bowl and mix dressing in.
Serve in puff pastry or phyllo cups
If you ever visit Greece or Cyprus and want the classic Greek Salad order a “Horiatiki” salad and you will get what you expect.