You must try the famous Greek cuisine, when you arrive in Santorini. Well known «Greek salad» is called «Country Salad» or «Horyatiki» in Greece. It is a very popular salad among all the inhabitants of the country.It is presented at the daily meal, and on holidays. It can be ordered in any Greek tavern, or in the best restaurants in the world. This salad can be described as «cosmopolitan salad», which symbolizes not only Greece, but, in general, the whole Mediterranean cuisine, as its «chief representative». Country Salad is a bright, colorful and delicious salad that can adequately replace a main course because it contains proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
There are several well-established versions about the history of this salad. Greek salad was the usual everyday dish for the villagers, since all its ingredients, in the literal sense of the word, are at hand. Hence it got its name. It should be noted that the main component of the Greek salad is tomatoes, which first appeared in Greece only in 1818. That’s why, according to one version, the Greek salad appeared in Greece at the end of the Greek War of Independence in the 20-30 years of XIX century.
However, tomatoes and even onions were eaten whole instead of slicing. So it is believed that the appearance of salad refers to the beginning of the XX century, when one of the Greek immigrants who emigratedfrom America in 1909 had the idea to mix coarsely chopped tomatoes, onions and cheese in one dish. Many people believe that the Country salad appeared in connection with the entry of foreign tourists into the country in the 60-70-s of the last century. On this versionthis salad is a creation of the owners of taverns located in the historic district of Athens, in Plaka, which quickly and deftly cut to its visitors a refreshing, really summer salad from traditional Greek foods, flavored by virgin olive oil.
Whatever may be said, but one thing is certain: the ingredients of Greek salad, allow us to say that Country salad is a «whole Greece in one dish»! So you really should go to one of the Greek taverns to taste a Country salad when you have Santorini excursions. Don’t waste this opportunity!
This salad has very high nutritional value. Tomatoes has a lot of vitamin C and antioxidants. In addition to tomatoes, salad has olive oil, which is also famous for the presence of antioxidants and vitamins, have a positive effect on the heart and reduces the level of harmful cholesterol.
Olive oil and tomato juice, settled on the bottom of the bowl, where you can dip pieces of bread are the most delicious part of the meal. Of course, this does not correspond to the rules of good taste, but the pleasure of «ladobukes» («oil bites») is simply indescribable!
If you want to cook this salad, you’ll need next ingredients per 1 portion:
- 200 gr. tomatoes
- 150 gr. cucumbers
- 150 gr. feta
- 50 oz. onions
- 25 gr. parsley
- 60 gr. olives
- 15 gr. olive oil
- salt, pepper, oregano
- Cut feta into cubes.
- Chop fresh herbs.
- Chop the vegetables in a bowl.
- Add the olives and olive oil.
- Stir and add the pieces of feta;
- Sprinkle with oregano, add salt and pepper.
Preparation time is about 10 minutes.