Eating boiled greens salad in Greece is a very common thing; it is actually one of the most common and popular summer salads that Greeks love eating, accompanying their fish and meat dishes, or seafood and cheeses. Boiled greens, “horta vrasta” as they are called in Greek , are simple, tasty and very easy to cook.
Greens exist in abundance in Greece. In fact, in the old days people used to go to the fields and the mountains and collect them themselves. Today, though, since increasingly fewer people have time to do so and even less know how to recognize the different kinds of greens, most people prefer buying them in the open green markets and super markets. There are different kinds of greens available in the markets and restaurants in Greece, therefore you can see in menus or food lists names such as vlita and radikia or mountain greens ( horta vounou). In any case, these greens are a great way to have a healthy and tasty Greek salad, and can be served as meze as well.
Boiled Greens Salad Recipe
- Greens from a market – 1kg
- Olive oil
If you haven’t bought already cleaned greens you will need to chop the roots of the greens and then wash them thoroughly. Washing is important because the greens tend to retain soil, dust and whatever comes from the earth. Add water in a saucepan and boil them for 20-30mins, and when they are soft enough pour the water and serve them warm or in room temperature, adding salt and olive oill. Serve with lemon on the side, so that everyone can pour as much lemon as he wants.
Greek names of the ingredients of the recipe for the Boiled Greens Salad
- Greens = horta, χόρτα
- Lemon = lemoni, λεμόνι
- Olive oil = elaiolado, ελαιόλαδο
- Salt = alati, αλάτι