We all have heard of the famous Greek Salad know as horiatiki in Greek. It is basically a salad with tomatoes, cucumber, feta and some other condiments, but tomatoes are tasteless in the winter so in the cold months, Greeks eat 2 types of salads: green salads (prasini salata) or cabbage and carrot salad (lahano-karoto). It is a simple salad and you can add other ingredients such as apples, pomegranate seeds and walnuts as I did here for a festive holiday salad. The classic version is perfect when accompanied with crumbled feta.
This salad obviously has a high nutritional value. The cabbage belongs to the cruciferous family, these vegetables are rich in phytochemicals, compounds that are produced by plants. They are associated with a reduced risk of cancer by stopping the growth of tumors. It also seems that these substances detoxify carcinogens before they cause any damage. They are also associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Carrots are are alos rich in the phytochemical beta-carotene. With the addition of antioxidant rich olive oil and lemon juice which is a great source of vitamin C which is also an antioxidant, you have one of the healthiest salads around.
Classic Greek Winter Salad
- 10 cups of shredded cabage (about 1 ½ pounds or 700 grams)
- 4 carrots shredded
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Kalamata olives
- Use a shredder to shred cabbage or slice thinly with a knife. Soak in water, rinse and dry.
- Shred the carrots.
- In a jar or small bowl mix the olive oil, lemon juice and minced garlic.
- Place cabbage and carrots in a large bowl, pour the dressing and add the salt. Toss the salad (it will reduce in volume).
- Add the olives on top.