Choriatiki (Greek Salad)

The Greeks order it with almost every dinner: the Greek salad. Also known as farmerís salad or in Greek as Choriatikisalata (translated to English, it means Ď village/country saladí).

Choriatiki is a mixed salad which always contains tomatoes, cucumber, olives and a big piece of feta cheese. Green pepper and oregano can frequently be found here too. Depending on the chef and time of year, other vegetables such as carrots or cabbage may also find their way into the mix. A lot of bread is also served alongside the salad.

The salad itself is served undressed; itís left to the eater to decide on the dressing. All tavernas have vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper on their tables, and these condiments go very well with the salad.

Traditionally greek salad is thought of as a starter, but it can be also a great side dish. Choriatiki is normally served in big portions; one salad is generally enough for 2-3 people to share as a starter. On hot summer days it also makes a perfect and healthy lunch, eaten with fresh bread.
Greek salad in a taverna generally costs between Ä2.50-4. If you are on your own and want to eat it as a side dish you can ask for a small portion or half of a choriatiki.

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