A Greek salad is one of the most popular lunch and dinner options in the United States. The delicious dish typically consists of olives, green peppers, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta cheese that is dressed in olive oil/vinegar and sprinkled generously with oregano. Other ingredients that may be added to a Greek salad include aromatic basil leaves, black pepper, salt, peperoncini, and capers.
History of a Greek Salad
Many believe that the Greek salad is not a part of the country’s long established traditional cuisines since the tomato was not popular in Greece until the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Nevertheless, the Greek salad was most known as a rural dish as the essential ingredients were often a farmer’s mid-morning snack. In fact, the Greeks often referred to the dish as “Horiatiki,” which means a village or peasant salad because a farmer would store the ingredients uncut and wrapped in a cloth with a small piece of bread.
Throughout the years, the Greek salad was redefined as primarily a delectable summer dish. Most Greeks consume a Greek salad with every meal typically between May and September. Since lettuce usually grows during the winter months in Greece, a traditional “Horiatiki” salad is not served with lettuce. The feta cheese is usually presented as a large square on the top of the Greek salad. Greeks will use their fork to crumble and mix the cheese with the rest of the dish.
Once the colder months surface, the Greek cuisine changes completely in order to accommodate the seasonable vegetables. During this period, the “Horiatiki” salad is exchanged for a Romaine lettuce salad. Like the Greek salad, Romaine lettuce salads are typically served with olive oil and vinegar dressing.
Nutritional Value of a Greek Salad
Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 257.2 Sodium: 376.2 mg
- Total Fat: 24.5 g Total Carbohydrate: 5.2 g
- Cholesterol: 29.7 mg Dietary Fiber: 1.0 g
- Sugars: 1.2 g Protein: 5.5 g
- Vitamin A: 23.7 % Vitamin B-12: 9.4 %
- Vitamin B-6: 11.8 % Vitamin C: 120.5 %
- Vitamin E: 11.8 % Iron: 4.6 %
Calories per Ingredient
- 153 calories of olive oil
- 88 calories of Feta Cheese
- 1 calories of oregano
- 1 calories of cider vinegar
- 4 calories of green peppers
- 4 calories of iceberg lettuce
Why Atlas Steakhouse Has the Best Greek Salad
Atlas Steakhouse offers one of the tastiest Greek salads in the country. Created with ripe tomatoes and juicy black olives along with a blend of other nutritious ingredients like cucumber, feta cheese, green peppers, and onion, their Greek salads are truly made to perfection. The expert chefs only use the freshest and highest quality ingredients in order to guarantee delicious flavor in every satisfying bite. The seasoned chefs also use special techniques that have been fine-tuned throughout the years. Atlas Steakhouse is truly the place for a great Greek salad. Their delectable Greek salads surpass those that are offered at other restaurants.