This is a simple, rustic, and refreshing summer salad that takes minimal prep to throw together! It's a Simple Greek Village Salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh herbs, and a delightful homemade Mediterranean dressing.
Since I've been cultivating a home veggie and herb garden, I've been so excited to find recipes that utilize the in-season veggies and herbs I'm growing! This Simple Greek Village Salad uses cucumber, tomato, red onion, and a whole cast of fresh herbs and homemade dressing to make a classic dish that I come back to again and again. It's really quick to assemble and tastes refreshing and wholesome.
What is a Horiatiki Salad?
Horiatiki is a truly authentic Greek salad! It's one that Greeks make with the freshest, simplest, and most classic ingredients, and it pairs well with any other Mediterranean dish...or by itself for a wonderful, light lunch! Classic Horiatiki is made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and Feta cheese. It's dressed simply with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil. I tried to stay true to these basic principles to bring a true Horiatiki Greek salad to your kitchen!
All About Cucumbers
I love serving cucumbers in the summertime because they have such a high water content that they're great for staying hydrated. Their fresh flavor makes them perfect as a snack or sliced into a chilly pitcher of water. Cucumbers are low in calories and high in vitamin C. They’re also high in fiber, which makes them great for stomach health in addition to having great flavor.
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
I love a dish that lets tomatoes shine! Fresh tomatoes in the summertime are one of life's simplest pleasures. Tomatoes are high in potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, all while being very low in calories. Grab either Roma or plum tomatoes for this salad and cut them into wedges. Cherry tomatoes also work here.
Homemade Greek Village Salad Dressing
I use and love my Mediterranean House Dressing for this salad! It's a super simple combination of pantry ingredients that come together to create my favorite dressing. You can use a store-bought dressing, but making your own dressings is so, so easy to do and I swear you can taste a difference! Measure all of your ingredients into a Mason jar, give it a good shake, and store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use.
This salad is totally vegan, raw, and gluten-free. Everyone can enjoy it, and everyone will love it! I hope you post this Greek Village Salad on Instagram and tag me so I can cheer you on in the kitchen. Leaving a review is incredibly helpful both to me and other readers as well!
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Simple Greek Village Salad (Horiatiki: Tomato Cucumber Salad)
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Diet: Vegan
- 1 English cucumber, peeled or unpeeled
- 2 Roma or plum tomatoes, cut into wedges
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- ¼ cup chopped dill (or sub parsley leaves)
- ¼ cup diced fresh chives
- ¼ cup my homemade Mediterranean House Dressing (or more to taste)
- 1 ripe avocado, chopped (I usually add this)
- 1 red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup crumbled vegan feta cheese (such as VioLife brand)
- ¼ cup kalamata olives (this is traditionally used in this dish)
- Slice the peeled cucumber in half lengthwise then in cut into ½-inch chunks. This salad is rustic and chunky in nature so no need to dice. Move the cucumber half moons to a large glass mixing bowl.
- Add chopped tomatoes, chopped red onion, and herbs to the cucumber in the mixing bowl. Add any of the optional ingredients now too.
- Add ¼ cup of the dressing overtop the veggies and toss well. Taste and add more dressing if desired.
- Serve well chilled. I like to chill my ingredients in advance of assembling so I can serve immediately.
You can substitute grape or cherry tomatoes but this is not the traditional tomato variety used in Greek Village Salad. It works just fine though and do this all the time.
Add cooked chickpeas to make this a meal.
- Prep Time: 10
- Category: Side
- Cuisine: Greek
Keywords: greek village salad
Alejandro Flores says
Just made this recipe for the first time. I have to say just like the medateranien quinoa salad Elaine knocked it out of the park. Thank you for this recipe its a talking point right now as the family can't stop eating it.
Elaine Gordon says
Thank you so much! I'm so happy to hear you and your family enjoyed this one so much! This time of year it really satisfies and it is so quick to make!
Elaine Rohne says
I love this salad, it is so delicious and easy to make! My mom loves when I make this because of our Greek heritage. I always had a hard time understanding my great-grandfather because of him trying to talk English in his Greek accent. Greece has been on my bucket list to visit since I was very young, because of my great-grandfather.
Thank you for this wonderful recipe
Elaine Gordon says
Hi, Elaine! Thank you so much! Wow, I'm touched and honored you make this for your Greek family and that they approve! Greece is definitely on my bucket list as well! Seems like the most gorgeous country! Thank you for this five star review! Best, Elaine
My kids gobbled this up! Love the dressing and I made it a meal by cooking some Mediterranean lentils, as well as pita and hummus.
Elaine Gordon says
Thank you so much, Monique! I'm so happy to hear you and your kiddos enjoyed this one. I love that dressing too and use it on so many things since it is so versatile. I love your addition with the lentils, pita and hummus to make it a meal! I will have to try that myself next time! Best, Elaine