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Greek Salad – a guide to making this classic

This is the real deal folks!


Greek salad is a dish favoured by many. But how many actually get it right? I’ll show you how easy it is to create this classic Greek dish.

If there was ever a Greek dish which summed up “the Greek experience” – it would definitely have to be horiatiki  salata.   This is a humble dish. (It translates as a village salad). It’s simple to prepare and relies on the freshest summer produce to do it justice.  Although it is simple, I have seen many versions which claim to be the “real deal” but aren’t.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for “playing with your food”.  Add whatever you like to your salads…  But if you set out to recreate this classic Greek dish please do it a favour and don’t add lettuce!!!  My father will refuse to eat in restaurants that don’t reproduce a real horiatiki salata! People are serious when it comes to this dish!

When Dodoni Feta approached me here in Australia, to work with them on some recipes, I was beside myself.  Here was a brand that I had grown up with all my early life in inner suburban Melbourne.  All the Greeks knew the Dodoni brand and I can guarantee you, it was in most Greek households along with a Kelvinator fridge!  It was almost legendary!

Just like this Greek salad.

I thought it would only be fitting to start off this working relationship with a classic dish.  And like I explained earlier it’s about simplicity.  All you need is tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, Kalamata olives, onions and Dodoni Feta Cheese. Dress it with some golden Greek olive oil, a little red wine vinegar and finish it of with some dried rigani – oregano.  You may notice that the cheese is quite a large chunk. That’s ok. The more cheese the better the salad!

But. I also couldn’t help myself.

I also created a “variation” on this classic dish. I kept the original ingredients but presented them on toasted bread.  It makes a great light lunch and works well as a starter at a bbq or dinner.  Think of them like “Greek style bruschettas”…whatever that means!

I’m happy to present you this Greek salad today. And I look forward to sharing some other creative recipes using Dodoni cheeses.


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A recipe for a classic Greek salad with traditional ingredients. It's the feta that makes this complete.
Recipe type: salad
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 4
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium or half a large green capsicum, sliced thinly
  • 1 medium sized cucumber, sliced
  • half a medium sized red onion, sliced
  • a good handful of Kalamata olives
  • 200g Dodoni feta cheese
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 30ml red wine vinegar
  • a good pinch dried Greek oregano
  • pinch salt
  1. Combine the tomatoes, capsicum, cucumber and onions on a plate or bowl.
  2. Scatter the olives around the ingredients.
  3. Top with Dodoni feta cheese
  4. Sprinkle the dried Greek oregano over the whole salad.
  5. Whisk the olive oil, vinegar and salt and pour over the salad and serve immediately.
The amount of ingredients is a guide. If you're only making for 2 people adjust accordingly.

To make the bruschettas, dice one tomato, ¼ cucumber, 1-2 capsicum rings, 3-4 sliced onions, 3-4 Kalamata olives and 50g of Dodoni feta cheese.

Combine these ingredients in a bowl, drizzle with a good amoount of olive oil, add a few "splashes" of red wine vinegar and a pich of oregano and salt.

Scoop onto toasted bread and serve immediately.

Souvlaki For The Soul would like to acknowledge its partnership with Dodoni Feta  for this sponsored post. The recipe above was created, developed and photographed by Souvlaki For The Soul using Ddodoni Feta cheese.

  • Your photos are gorgeous

  • It also drives me crazy when I see lettuce in horiatiki! If it ain’t broke don’t fix it ☺️

  • Just as I remember eating it in Greece – with a slab of feta weighing it all down. Yum!

  • What a way to bring on the feta! This salad is calling my name with its beauty and deliciousness!

  • Greek salad is my absolute favorite! Sweet and salty and tangy all in one. I love the idea of a bruschetta too… thank you so much for breaking it down for us 🙂 x

  • Yum! One of my favourite simple, fresh salads!

  • AmandaChewTown

    Love the big slab of feta on top – Looks wonderful.

  • KimNB

    I see a lot of “authentic” recipes for the dressing also based on lemon juice or a mix of lemon and red wine vinegar. I believe Greek food uses lots of lemon but does it traditionally show up in the dressing?

    • Remon_Kewl

      Nope, as Peter writes here only vinegar is used.

  • Simple is best and your father is perfectly right, it if isn’t done properly then it is not alright. I love your plates, the Greek Salad looks delightful on top 😀

  • Simon @ the heart of food

    Ah, it has a proper name other than just “Greek”. Have loved the salad and Dodoni feta since I was even a kid. Nice 🙂

  • Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    How could you not love an awesome Greek salad, done the right way, with a massive block of feta sitting on top.

  • Remon_Kewl

    There is a form of your bruschetta already here, ntakos from Crete. It uses barley paximadi as the base, and a lot cretan mizithra, which is sweeter than regular, instead of feta.

  • Xandrios

    Your bruschetta is actually very close to an existing, and awesome, recipe: Dakos! Generally without peppers and cucumber, but over the top delicious.