On Horiatiki Salad
What is the “Horiatiki” in Horiatiki Salad?
I used an online dictionary of Greek
to find out what “horiatiki” means in Greek.
With some difficulty, I found this word,
which the dictionary defines as “country” or “rustic”.
Another dictionary defines
χωριάτικός to mean “loutish”.
In Greek, the salad is
which is variously defined as “peasant”, “village” or “garden” salad.
The pronuciation is like horiAHteekee, with the initial h roughly aspirated
and the the middle syllable strongly emphasized.
Recipe for Horiatiki salad
One medium-sized serving
a firm tomato, cut into chunks
a cored green pepper, sliced
half a medium-sized red onion, sliced
a cucumber, medium sized, firm and ripe, sliced into 1/8" wheels
a half-dozen kalamata olives
feta cheese crumbled on top or in big chunks, to taste
oregano, vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil
Some people like to add
fresh black pepper
pickled artichoke hearts
a couple banana peppers
slices of red bell pepper (for looks, really)
capers (I don’t care for capers, though)
Use of lettuce. This is missing the point.
Use of canned, artificially ripened black olives, packed in salt water.
Really, just don't use these. It misses the whole point.
I use fancy fat-free feta. Tastes kinda like sour milk, but has the right texture.
I put too much vinegar in. Only needs like 1 tsp.
I used store-bought dried oregano. In the restaurant it’s better.
My guess is they chop up their own fresh herbs.
The onion can be over-done too. Half an onion might be a bit much.