Cretan Horiatiki - Village Salad
The most important thing you need for this salad, is good quality, ripe tomatoes. Don’t even bother to make this if you’re tomatoes are under-ripe or flavourless, it will totally miss the mark.
700g of tomatoes, different varieties and colours are great.
Cretan rusks, can be bought from Mediterranean supermarkets
A selection of soft herbs, basil, dill, parsley
1/2 a red onion, sliced
100g slice of Feta
1 large pinch Pyramid flake salt
For the Dressing:
! tbs Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp pomegranate molasses
1 clove crushed garlic
1 lemon juiced
2 tbs Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Start by taking out the core of your tomatoes if they’re large and it’s fibrous. Then slice your tomatoes into wedges that are all roughly the same size regardless of the shape of the tomato. You want the pieces to all be uniform and to be able to fit into one mouthful. Salt your tomatoes and put aside.
For the dressing crush your clove of garlic with a pinch of salt on a chopping board until it’s a fine paste. Put in a bowl and add vinegar, pomegranate molasses, lemon and sumac, wish together then slowly add your olive oil. Season your dressing, it should be bitter, sweet, acidic and salty all at once, it will taste quite intense but its flavour will be dulled by the tomatoes.
Next, crush your rusks and lay at the bottom of a serving bowl. Add your sliced red onion to your tomatoes with your soft herbs, tearing them into bite-sized pieces as you go, then add your dressing and toss well. Pour your salad mix over your rusks, allowing all the juices of the salad to be absorbed.
Then top with your piece of feta and enjoy!