As mentioned in The Village Salad & The Mediterranean Diet a true horiatiki salata comes straight from the home garden.
1 medium cucumber, sliced
2 large ripe tomatoes
1 green onion (or one medium red/white onion)
4 tablespoons crumbled Feta
4 tablespoons light Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon oregano
Pinch of salt and pepper
Large black olives
Horiatiki salata is easy to make. Like any simple salad, it is a matter of preparation. Gather your ingredients and tools: a large salad bowl, cutting board, and knives–I use a pruning knife, rinsed in between uses on different vegetables. The first thing you need to do is wash, peel, and chop. Like other salads, the preparation of the vegetables is your choice, it all comes down to preference. I like to keep the skin on the cucumbers, given that it is crunchy. Grab a potato or mushroom brush and under cold water, scrub down the outside of the cucumber. Next, slice the cucumber into 1/2 inch thick wheels. Halve the wheels, and place into the salad bowl.
Next, rinse the tomatoes under cold water. Again you can leave the skins on, but I prefer to peel them. A fast and easy (and probably the only way) to peel the tomato is to think slice off the top and bottom, making both ends flat. Place the tomato on the its top flat half, on a cutting board. Using a pruning knife, thinly peel the skin from the tomato. If you haven’t peeled a vegetable without a peeler before, this could take some practice, be careful not to slice away chunks of tomato, you should just get the skin. After peeling the tomatoes, slice them into 1 inch thick wedges. Place in the bowl.
Next, wash a green onion and slice it on top of the cucumbers and tomatoes. Remember to keep slices of onion (whether green, white, or red) small: about 3 mm thick. Unless you or your guests really love to crunch down on onion, keep the slices manageable. At this point, you’re done most of the prep. Now it’s a matter of garnishing. I like to crumble some of the feta onto the vegetables, before dressing the salad. Following the feta, grind or sprinkle some fresh oregano. I say grind because we buy fresh oregano on branches in a small bag, which takes a few hours to take the leaves off the twigs, and then grind down into a powder using a mortar and pestle.
Next, using a table spoon, drizzle olive oil over the salad. I generally just pour the oil from the bottle and eye the amount. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper, top with the rest of the crumbled feta, garnish with a few large olives (black or green). Stir the salad, enough to marinate but not squish the vegetables. Serve with a pita or slice of bread on the side.