As if having a salad named after their Emperor wasn’t enough (Caesar Salad) here we go again with the Roman influence.
The word “salad” comes from the ancient Roman practice of salting leaf vegetables; “salad” literally means “salted”.
In Greece however, we have found that one need not have those leafy things in their salad.
Horiatiki, or the Village Salad, is made with hefty portions of tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and Feta all tossed together with herbs then bathed in olive oil and vinegar.
And what Greek salad, no matter the type, would be complete without Feta. Our sheep’s provide us with milk, cheese, wool and meat. Our fields are filled with vegetable plants and our orchards with Olive trees. It’s simple to understand why and how our ancestors created Horiatiki.
Today, there are a great deal of ways to interpret the Greek salad. In April 2014, The Huffington Post published an article on 15 different ways. Here’s their list:
- Quinoa Greek Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber & Feta Cheese
- Classic Greek Salad
- Greek Salad Grilled Cheese
- Greek Pizza
- Greek Salad With Chicken And Feta Croquettes
- Greek Panzanella Salad
- Greek Salad Pasta
- Traditional Greek Salad (Horiatiki Salata)
- Greek Salad Tacos with Cucumber Dill Dressing
- Greek Potato Salad With Feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives & Oregano Dressing
- Greek Lemon Pasta Salad
- Greek Salad With Fennel
- Greek Salad Pizza
- Smashed Chickpea Greek Salad Sandwich
- Greek Orzo Salad
To read more and get links to the various recipes, click here. Or stop in to Mezes Greek Grill and ask an Authentic Greek to make you an Authentic Greek Salad, you know, one from the village.