Yassou, everyone! Welcome back to another Dan-O-Myte recipe with this Greek salad in a jar. With Spring finally here, and Summer well on the way, you’re going to want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time in the sun. That’s where this Greek salad in a jar comes in! This is a great meal prep because you can make several ahead of time, and have a nutritious and flavor packed salad in a flash. The perfect blend of crunchy red onion, and cucumber with bright cherry tomatoes, salty kalamata olives, and savory Dan-O’s Original greek dressing are sure to satisfy your taste buds.
History of Greek Salad, or Horitaki
The traditional name for greek salad is Horitaki, which means peasant salad. Originally, they consisted of tomatoes, onions, cucumber, green peppers, olives, and feta cheese with a light olive oil dressing with a light herbing of oregano. A true authentic greek salad doesn’t contain any lettuce, but it’s common for lettuce to be included in American recipes. Greek salad’s popularity came about largely due to the popularity of the tomation in Greece, and really Europe, as a whole. Legend has it that greek salad was inspired by rural farmers of Greece who would eat it for a morning snack. The snack consisted of feta cheese, tomatoes, and onions, and farmers would carry them in a cloth sack and take bites straight off each when the mood struck them.
You may have guessed it but Greek Salad is pretty low calorie, and dense in nutrients thanks to its fresh ingredients. Loaded with vitamin A and C, along with a healthy dose of potassium and iron, Greek salad is a great choice for those trying to eat healthier. It also contains antioxidants, which can reduce the risk of health problems like heart disease. What may shock is that Feta is nutrient rich too! It contains a decent amount of protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B & A, Iron, and zinc.