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Authentic Greek Salad 2 ways f2

Authentic Greek Salad 2 ways (Horiatiki)

This is the real Greek salad recipe as it is made by most Greeks. There is also a second recipe with a different presentation!
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword Authentic, Horiatiki, recipe, salad
Servings 4
Author The Hungry Bites


  • For the classic presentation:
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 medium persian cucumbers, sliced (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1/3 cup olives, whole (preferably Kalamata olives)
  • 1 cup feta cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional:
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 cup barley rusks broken to pieces

  • For the “elegant” presentation:
  • 9 baby tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 olives, pitted and finely chopped
  • 1/5 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons e.v. olive oil
  • 4 slices cucumber, finely cubed
  • 1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
  • 9 capers
  • 9 tablespoons finely crushed barley rusks
  • Some olive oil to drizzle over the tomatoes
  • Sea salt flakes to sprinkle over the tomatoes


  1. For the classic presentation: Mix everything in a large bowl and serve immediately.
  2. For the elegant presentation:
  3. Cut the top from each baby tomato. Hollow them out using a melon baller or a small spoon.
  4. Transfer the feta, olives, pepper, oregano, and olive oil to a small bowl and mash with a fork.
  5. Fill the baby tomatoes half way up with the feta mixture.

    Mix cucumber with onion and fill the tomatoes all the way up.

  6. Place one caper on top of each tomato. At this point, you can leave them as is or cover them with their lids.
  7. Put one tablespoon of crushed rusks onto a plate or serving board and place one baby tomato on top. Repeat with the rest of the tomatoes.
  8. Drizzle with some olive oil, sprinkle some sea salt flakes and serve.
  9. Eat!