A classic Greek village salad or “Horiatiki” in a neat, bite-sized cucumber cup!
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“Horiatiki” or Village Salad
Growing up, we had this salad on our table at every dinner.
However, I hated tomatoes.
It wasn’t until I was 12 years old when my taste for them changed.
My family was visiting family in Greece and while staying at my grandparents home, I tried one of the tomatoes from their local garden.
Oh, My, God. They were the sweetest tomatoes I had ever tasted! I remember my sister and I biting into one like it was an apple, with a little dash of salt between each bite!
From then on, I ate every tomato I could find.
What does this have to do with a Greek village salad?
Well, a village salad typically consists of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives and a nice chuck of feta on top drizzled with vinegar, olive oil and oregano.
Lettuce? What lettuce?? The tomatoes are the star.
When you have the freshest vegetables, like the sweetest tomatoes, you just don’t need lettuce getting in the way!
Growing up Greek, there wasn’t a dinner without this salad in the center of our table. Unfortunately, the tomatoes here are never as good as the Greek tomatoes I had on vacation.
“Jersey tomatoes” are supposed to be tasty but there’s NO comparison.
Has anyone been to Greece or Europe and noticed a dramatic tomato difference?!
Being Greek, of course I had to figure out a way to turn a Greek salad into an appetizer that could be eaten in one bite and these cucumber cups are the perfect solution!
Such a cute way to serve just about anything really…
With these Greek Salad cups, you’ve got the perfect combination of Greek flavors in one cute bite.
It is also very easy to make the vessels (cucumber cups).
I chose to add some green peppers for a nice bite but they are optional.
Also, I do NOT like olives (I know, I know, don’t ask..) so I leave them out but if you do like them, Kalamata olives are the way to go! Most food stores will sell them in a buffet station so you can take what you want.
Lastly, one tip is to use the long Japanese cucumbers which you can find at any food store! They are never as bitter as the others and have few seeds. The skin is also much more palatable.
Serve these with my Mini Kale Stuffed Mushrooms or Honey Dijon Ham Tarts!
If you try these Greek Salad “Horiatiki” Cucumber Cups, tag me on you favorite social media so I can see how they turned out!!
A healthy, tasty Greek salad served in a fun, bite-sized cucumber cup!
- 1 Japanese Cucumber
- 1/4 Cup Good Sweet Tomatoes (small dice)
- 1/4 Cup Good Feta Cheese (crumbled)
- 2 Tbsp Red Onion (minced)
- 1 Tbsp Kalamata Olives (small dice)
- 1/4 Cup Green Pepper (optional) (small dice)
- 3 Tbsp Good Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 1/4 Tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
- 1/2 Tsp Garlic (minced)
- 1 good pinch Sugar
- Salt & Pepper (to taste)
- Reserved Cucumber
Whisk all dressing ingredients together in a bowl and let sit.
Wash and cut cucumber into 2" pieces. Use a small tsp to scoop out a hole in the center nice and deep. Make sure to not go through the other side! Reserve the inside for the filling. (You can peel the outside if you prefer. I did a slight peel because I like the way it looks!)
Mix filling in bowl with (chopped up) reserved cucumber in a separate bowl.
Add about a tbsp of filling to each cup.
Sprinkle with more oregano if you prefer!
Fill these ahead of time and store in the fridge! They will keep for at least 2 days.
Green pepper and olives are optional. They will be yummy with or without!