One of our favorite things about traveling is being introduced to foods and discovering new flavors and combinations we wouldn’t have tasted otherwise. And the best part? Once you’ve tasted those flavors together, you can create dishes with a similar flavor profile inspired by the meal. And that truly is one of the coolest souvenirs you can bring back from traveling—especially because it’s something you can easily share with others.
All of the salads we sampled in Greece were very simple: chunks of tangy feta (not yet crumbled), cucumber, tomatoes, onions, sometimes there was bell pepper sprinkled in, or maybe a lemon on the side. This is a twist on the kind salad you would actually find in Greece—more of an Americanized version, inspired by a favorite Greek restaurant in Chelsea’s hometown. One thing you won’t ever find in traditional Greek salads? Lettuce! We’ll explain why below!
So, it’s a salad…why does it not contain lettuce? Well, lettuce is a winter crop, and as Greek salad is typically a summer dish—it was never in season!
One of our favorite ways to learn about a dish is to learn about the significance of its name and figure out what that might imply about its origins. In Greece, their version of the typical Greek salad is called ‘Horiatiki,’ which translates to village or rustic/peasant salad; it is also sometimes referred to as a summer salad.
Consider the name: rustic or peasant salad—the origin of this can be tied to the snack farmers would frequently take with them into the field. They would keep everything intact for easy transportation in a wrapped cloth—a chunk of feta, tomato, sometimes a cucumber, and even an onion for a mid-morning snack! Nothing like a zesty bite of onion to wake you up.
In a small bowl or cup, add olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, dill, a dash of salt and pepper, squeeze in a bit of lemon, and add a spoonful of Greek yogurt. Stir together. (Too tangy? Use less red wine vinegar + add in more oil.)
Servings: 4 | Calories per serving: 210 kcal | Protein: 9.1 | Carb: 10.6 | Fat: 9.1
*These nutrition statistics are gathered from Happy Forks and may vary.
We’d love to hear what you think about this recipe + if you have any special twists of your own? For more protein, we love pairing this with lamb cutlets, chicken thighs, or salmon (sprinkled with a little bit of dill + lemon pepper).
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