Cyprus Passion

One of the most simplest and healthy foods you can eat is a salad. Now try eating an amazingly mouthwatering Greek salad. An authentic Greek salad. Your taste buds with be dancing!

Salads in Cyprus are served almost always during lunch and dinner and sometimes even breakfast. The traditional Greek salad does not have any leafy greens. A colourful and refreshing salad with fresh produce and a simple dressing is all you need.

The Greek salad in Cyprus is known as ‘Horiatiki’ or Horkatiki’ which means village style salad.

It is usually served as an entree before lunch or dinner. If you are eating meze at a taverna the salad will be brought out first along with the traditional dips. These dips are hummus, ‘tzantziki’, ‘taramas’ and also pickled vegetables, bread or pitta and sometimes ‘elies tsakistes’(crushed green olives).

Let’s see how to make a beautiful vibrant Greek salad to tingle your taste buds.

Greek Salad Ingredients

  • Fresh cucumbers

  • Fresh tomatoes

  • Fresh green peppers

  • Red onion

  • Kalamata olives

  • Feta

  • Dried oregano

  • Olive oil

  • Red wine vinegar

  • Salt


  1. In a salad bowl cut up your fresh cucumber and tomatoes in big chunks.

  2. Then cut your onion and peppers in large slices.

  3. Add a generous amount of feta chunks and olives.

  4. Sprinkle some dried oregano

  5. It’s now time to add the dressing which you add directly to the salad bowl. So, drizzle your olive oil, a splash of red wine vinegar and salt.

  6. Give it a good mix, taste your salad and adjust the salt, vinegar or olive oil to your liking. Go light on the vinegar and salt to start with and then you can always add more later to taste.


  1. Feta is salty and the red wine vinegar can be strong flavoured too so go easy when adding to the salad. You can always add more but you cannot fix it if you put too much salt or vinegar.

  2. If you want to substitute the red wine vinegar for another vinegar or lemon you could. However, the traditional vinegar in this salad is the red wine vinegar.

This refreshing salad can be eaten all year round and it is easy and simple to make ahead of time. All you need to do prepare it and add the ingredients for the dressing just before you serve it. Pair it with your Souvla, Roast Chicken, Gemista or even Keftedes, Koupepia and Afelia. You can’t go wrong with this salad and any Cypriot main course.

Try this recipe for yourself and you will be amazed at the simplicity yet flavourful salad.

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