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Greek Salad

Food | July 11, 2017 | Nik Manojlovich
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A gorgeous salad of crunchy vegetables, cut into chunks and tossed with cheese and whole olives. Let’s hear it for a classic GREEK SALAD!

This time-honoured salad is deserving of its fame. I remember travelling to Greece and being surprised to see GREEK SALAD – also referred to as a Horiatiki or village salad – served at breakfast. I was more than happy to enjoy it first thing in the morning; it’s fabulous anytime.

Of course so is a trip to Greece to try the salad in its country of origin. Head HERE to read an article written by our friends – Over 100 things to go in Greece! OPA!

Here’s a shout out to the things I love most about it:

VINAIGRETTE – Yet another example of how we often need just a few choice ingredients to create memorable flavours. I think it essential to use a quality olive oil for this recipe, and dried oregano is the only way to go. I have tried making it with fresh chopped oregano thinking I’d revolutionize the Greek salad industry and teach Greeks a thing or two. It was all wrong – just like my intention, LOL!

VEGETABLES – In a perfect world, we’d all live close to where I grew up in Essex County, and we’d drive a county road and get farm-grown fresh produce. Picking up locally grown tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and bell peppers heighten that farm-to-table flavour.

KALAMATA OLIVES – These large, dark purple olives hail from Kalamata Greece. They have a meaty texture and add richness to the salad. When purchasing them, look for those that haven’t been pitted.

FETA CHEESE – This Greek cheese has a distinct salty flavour that works really well with the prepared vegetables. Made from both sheep and goat’s milk, feta is actually a brined curd. I suggest trying to find this essential ingredient at a Greek grocer or cheese store. Ask for the hunk of cheese to be packed up in a container with brine, making it more flavourful.

Prepare the vinaigrette, chop up the veggies, dress, toss and serve. Enjoy this classic GREEK SALAD, a taste sensation.


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Ingredients & Amounts

  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 cucumbers, rough-chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, rough-chopped
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 6 vine tomatoes, rough-chopped
  • 1 cup of Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup of feta cheese, cubed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the vinaigrette: place the oil, vinegar, oregano and salt in a small bowl. Whisk together and set aside.
  2. Prepare all of the vegetables, cheese and olives and transfer to a large salad bowl. Toss.
  3. Add the vinaigrette and toss again. Adjust flavour with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Nik Manojlovich

Nik is the creator, host and brains behind Weekend at the Cottage. He loves sharing his wisdom and experience about the things that interest him most.



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