I have found that good dried Greek oregano is the key to successfully making many Greek dishes taste authentic. Store bought dried oregano and Italian oregano just do not taste the same. We are lucky enough to get a fresh harvest each year from my father-in-law’s childhood friend. He plucks it from the hills near his home.

The oregano is already quite dry from the Greek summer sun. After bringing home our fragrant bundles, we take turns rubbing our hands together over the small branches detaching the harvest which sprinkles down into a large pan. Next, we portion it and bag it and take it home. Sounds like an illegal activity! More than once, I have been worried about a suspicious suitcase search to reveal my ziplock baggies of the fresh, pungent herb.

Horiatiki is a common fixture on the Greek table. In the neighborhood gardens in Corfu, you find a majority of tomatoes, some peppers, zucchini, eggplant. Fresh plucked tomatoes and green peppers are tossed with red onion, feta and olives. Tossed with oil, vinegar and oregano, the result is one of hte most healthy, refreshing summer side dishes to be found.

Horiatiki – Greek Peasant Salad
I like to eyeball the portions to my liking. Below is a basic guide.

1-2 firm, red tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 cup feta cheese chunks (try to find Greek feta)
10-15 kalamata olives (If you buy jarred, I find full olives with pits are firmer and better)
1/4-1/2 red onion, sliced
1 green pepper, cored and cut in chunks
Greek oregano
quality olive oil
red wine vinegar
salt and pepper


Put all ingredients through red onion in a bowl. Sprinkle with oregano and toss with olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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11 Responses to “Horiatiki – Greek Peasant Salad”

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    [...] For an even more authentic experience, serve Pasticcio with Greek Salad and Retsina wine. Follow it with some baklava or Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts. [...]

  2. Mary Says:

    This is one of my favorite things in the world to eat. Ny ex-husband was from Macedonia (just north of Thessaloniki, he had family in Greece, too), where the food is just about the same thing. I subsisted on this salad for years in my twenties (spent my summers in the Balkans and then the in-laws came to stay in America). Good food memories (the rest is water under the bridge).

  3. Stinky photos have me in the dumps. Says:

    [...] I was feeling really sad about the ugly old Horitiki image that wasn’t even 1/100th as appetizing as the actual salad. But, I wanted to post the recipe so I did it. When I scan back over old posts, I cringe at the over-flash filled Greek salad bowl. [...]

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    [...] I do respect the sensitivity vegetarians have for animal life. But, I am carnivorous and must say that I enjoyed rolling these little balls in flour and frying them up to crispy perfection. Try them alongside this Greek Peasant Salad. [...]

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    [...] For my sister-in-law’s birthday, we set up the big, long table on the front porch, invited all the cousins and had an amazing, multi-meat course, red-hot-glowing-coals, tons-of-beer-and-wine-to-wash-it-all down barbeque. The Chicken Souvlaki is always one of my favorites. Small pieces of chicken, a few pepper pieces, oregano, lemon and olive oil is all it takes. I think that cooking the meat over wood charcoal adds a special flavor. But, gas grill or broiling would be an acceptable substitution since most Americans are not in the habit of having a 10 foot grill in their front yard. Often, the chicken skewers are served with pita bread (not a pocket) which can be warmed on the grill as well and Tzatziki (cucumber yogurt dip). Put it together with Horiatiki (Greek Peasant Salad) and you have a meal. [...]

  6. Hume Says:

    You have a great job. It is really very resourceful and informative. Keep up the good works. Wish you all the best.
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  9. Violette Says:

    I love to have the real oragano ,j’aime beaucoup la nourriture grec alors avec cette fameuse épice je serais combler thank you

  10. Pavlos Says:

    Horiatiki (Χωριάτικη) is actually more accurately village salad, and in most places in Greece we translate in the menus as Traditional. It is tranditional because marouli (letuce) use to not be available year round.

    Another good addition (and pretty much standard everywhere I’ve been) to Horiatiki Salata is capers, but not the tiny ones they sell in the states. I usually try to bring back as many jars as I can from the islands. The ones from the island of Tinos are some of the best.

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