Horiatiki Salad

By drbabs
June 10, 2010
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Author Notes: One of my favorite restaurants in my NY hometown of Huntington is the Mediterranean Snack Bar--a little hole-in-the-wall Greek restaurant that has been around for decades. It's one of those places that has a big slab of gyro meat roasting on a vertical rotisserie in the front window, stuccoed walls, not enough tables (There are lines out the door on Saturdays in the summer.), and Greek music playing in the background. The owner grows his own vegetables and catches his own fish, so everything is wonderful and fresh. When the tomatoes and cucumbers are at their peak, this is my favorite salad. Because there are so few ingredients, they have to be the absolute best and freshest. I make this in July when my CSA box is overflowing with tomatoes and cucumbers. Serve it with just-warmed pita and you have a great lunch. (Note: I like salad dressing that's on the tart side. If this is too tart for you, feel free to add more oil.)

I've made the dressing with fresh herbs and dried herbs, and I like it better with dried. But you don't have to buy dried herbs if you have fresh herbs in your garden. There are lots of ways to dry herbs, but I usually just lay them on a cookie sheet in a barely warm oven (my lowest setting is 160), turn the oven off, and by the time the oven is cool, the herbs are dry and can be crumbled into the dressing.

Serves: 2, but i have been known to eat the whole thing in one sitting

For the salad

  • 2 large tomatoes, cored and cut into approximately 2" pieces
  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and cut into chunks that are roughly the same size as the tomatoes
  • 10-12 kalamata olives, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons leaves of flat leaf parsley, left whole
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, cut into cubes about the same size as the tomatoes and cucumbers
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  1. Arrange the salad ingredients on a platter. Whisk the dressing ingredients together (or just put everything into a jar and shake well), and sprinkle the dressing over the salad. Pour extra dressing into a bowl so you can dip your pita into it. Enjoy!

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