Traditional Greek Salad recipe (Horiatiki / Xoriatiki)

Traditional Greek Salad recipe (Horiatiki / Xoriatiki)

Traditional Greek Salad recipe or just perfection in simplicity!

Take your taste buds to the refreshing flavours of the Mediterranean with every bite of this colourful Greek salad! This traditional Greek salad recipe (Horiatiki) is the brightest example of how Greek cuisine takes the simplest ingredients and with literally no effort transforms them into a finger licking dish! To make this traditional Greek salad recipe keep an eye on your ingredients: find some juicy tomatoes, crisp, fresh cucumber, creamy feta cheese, good quality extra virgin olive oil and some tangy black olives and you are done! So go ahead, make your own refreshing Greek salad with creamy feta cheese with this easy to follow Greek salad recipe and taste all the earthy flavours that characterise Greek cuisine in one dish.

The traditional Greek salad recipe

If you’ve been looking for a Greek salad recipe (Horiatiki) that actually tastes like the one served in Greece, then you have to try this authentic Greek salad recipe. A lot of Greek salad recipes include leafy greens, such as lettuce, cabbage, beets, radishes or even potatoes, while others suggest to coat with prepared dressings containing various herbs and seasonings. But the fact is that this kind of ‘Greek salad’ recipe is rarely found in Greece. A traditional Greek salad recipe (Horiatiki) will always (and only) include tomato, sliced ​​cucumber, green pepper, sliced red onion, Kalamata olives or green olives and of course feta cheese. It must be seasoned with dried oregano and salt and dressed with good quality extra virgin olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar. This is a traditional Greek salad; fresh, locally produced ingredients, simple and uncomplicated. Enjoy!

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Traditional Greek Salad recipe (Horiatiki / Xoriatiki)

Traditional Greek Salad recipe (Horiatiki / Xoriatiki)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 portions 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Greek


The traditional Greek salad recipe; healthy, simple and absolutely delicious! Find out how to make this Horiatiki (Xoriatiki) salad the traditional Greek way with this authentic recipe.



  • 3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced into rings
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into thick half-moons
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 16 black or green olives
  • 200g block feta cheese (7 ounces)
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 of a cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • sea salt


  1. As said before, the secret to make a delicious Greek salad is in the ingredients: juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber, creamy feta cheese, good quality extra virgin olive oil and some tangy black olives will really make a difference.
  2. To make this Greek salad recipe (Horiatiki), start by preparing your vegetables. Wash thoroughly and strain the vegetables. Cut the tomatoes into wedges, slice the onion into thin rings, cut the cucumber in thick slices and place everything in a large bowl. Don’t forget to add the olives as well.
  3. Season with salt and pour over the extra virgin olive oil and vinegar. Toss everything together, so that the flavours mix. Be careful not to add too much salt, as the feta cheese and the olives are salty enough.
  4. Greek salad (Horiatiki) is always served with feta cheese on top, a drizzle of olive oil and dried oregano. Enjoy your delicious Greek salad as a side dish or as a light summer meal with lots of crusty bread aside!


  • Serving Size: 1 portion
  • Calories: 206kcal
  • Sugar: 4.8g
  • Sodium: 399.6mg
  • Fat: 17.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.2g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 29.7mg

Keywords: Traditional Greek Salad recipe, Horiatiki salad

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  1. The Greek diet keeps men virile, women happy and kids healthy. Could you ask for more? Well, yes. Mythos, the eponymous Greek Beer. Thank you Eli, from a fan of your recipes. I am an English man with an Irish mother, who is so proud to have been asked “are you sure your father wasn’t Greek?” Happy New Year Eli.

  2. The instruction “1 cucumber, pilled and sliced into thick half-moons” mystified me until I looked at the photo and inferred that by “pilled” you meant “peeled”. But the photo doesn’t seem to show half-moons, they all look like full-moons to me. Also, I’m wondering how large you think the cucumber should be; they come in so many different sizes.

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  4. Pauline Olivia Head

    I made this recipie for the dressing, and instead of lettuce I used avacodo halves. I saw a picture on the internet and I thought I’d try it. You must try it if you’re trying to get more veggies into your diet.

    • Ewer Anidiot

      She already said you don’t use lettuce. So what does instead of lettuce mean? Sounds like you lost your head 😉

  5. Pauline Olivia Head

    I made this tonight as a topping for baked potatoes. I avoid lettuce like the plague as one time in a fancy restaurant a little green worm crawled across my plate. The staff thought I was nuts (I am!) when I took the worm outside and put him a flower planter.

  6. I don’t mean to be rude, but the photo does not match the recipe. In the photo, there aren’t black olives and red onion, and I don’t see any green pepper. I love a good Greek salad, but if my favorite Greek restaurant brought me the dish as pictured, I’d probably stop going there.

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