Horiatiki – my version of an old time classic




According to Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth.  Zeus had ordered Hephaestus to create her from mud and give her dazzling beauty.  Then, according to Hesiod, Gods contributed with a little something to form her personality that according to Zeus should be gifted but mischievous.  So, Athena taught her sewing and weaving, Aphrodite gave her patience and taught her the art of seduction, and Hermes put in her mind a wicked nature and an inconsistent character.  Zeus named her Pandora that means “all gifts” in Greek,  and send her to the mortals and immortals that lived together in harmony in earth, in order to take vengeance for their acquaintance with fire by Titan Prometheus.  He gave her a box full of illnesses, plagues and misfortunes and forbade her ever to open it.  Pandora, a real woman, could not resist her curiosity.  She opened the box and all these sorrows flew out and inundated the world.  Frightened she managed to shut the lid, fast.  Hope could not make it out, so till today is mankind’s only consolation. 

Horiatiki – My version of an old time classic


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

4 servings


  • 2 handfuls cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 unpeeled cucumber, cut on the diagonal into thin slices
  • 1 green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 red pepper, cut into strips
  • A handful Greek PDO feta cheese, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Several barley rusks, halved
  • A small bunch chopped purslain
  • 2 tablespoons small capers
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried Greek oregano
  • 1 small onion, chopped (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons Greek Cretan or Kalamata olives (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons Greek extra virgin olive oil (we do not watch calories, here)
  • 1 splash of red wine or balsamic vinegar


  1. In a big bowl we put all the vegetables, rusks and feta cheese together. We sprinkle with salt and oregano. We add the olive oil and we drizzle with the vinegar. We enjoy.


Horiatiki is traditionally made with heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges. Red, sweet, bio cherry tomatoes make a nice substitute to enjoy all year round.


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2 thoughts on “Horiatiki – my version of an old time classic

    • Hi Leslie. This version is a pleasantly fulfilling salad for a light meal. I buy barley rusks in all supermarkets at the packaged cracker aisle. I’m certain that you will be able to find them in a health food store, as well. Meanwhile I will make a search at google since the best are specific Greek brands and I will let you know!!

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