national_rules_greece-05A classic Greek salad, or village salad, as referred to in Vefa’s Kitchen, and that we teach in our Greek cooking class at Wickedfood Cooking School, is tomatoes, cucumber, olives and feta cheese, but no lettuce. It appears on nearly every restaurant table on the Greek Islands. The secret of the salad is to make the dressing ±1 hour before serving to allow flavours to combine. Dress the salad and then allow to stand for a further hour.


1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2t oregano

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and pepper


1 cucumber

2 green peppers

4 large, ripe, firm, beef tomatoes

1 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced

20 calamata olives

250g feta cheese, coarsely crumbed


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper and allow to stand for ±1 hour.


  • Strip peel the cucumbers, deseed with a teaspoon and cut into half moons ±1cm thick.
  • Cut the peppers in half, deseed and cut into thin strips lengthways.
  • Cut the tomatoes into wedges.
  • Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl, together with the dressing and toss well. Allow to stand for ±1 hour before serving.

Serves 4-6.

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