lunch and dinner dreams are coming true with my Vegan Greek Village Salad Pitas!
going back to my Greek roots with this one….oh but with a fun twist! please welcome Vegan Greek Village Salad Pitas! this is simply a delicious Horiatiki Salata aka Greek Village Salad but ya know, made vegan + chickpeas for some protein!
oh, there’s also a homemade tzatziki that is just out of this world. the key is to use a beyond creamy yogurt.
if you can get ahold of some, i highly highly recommend cocojune. it’s very similar to a true creamy Greek yogurt but it’s completely vegan.
if you can’t find cocojune, just look for the creamiest yogurt you can find and make sure it’s plain + unsweetened.
my whole life i’ve been obsessed with village salads and will order one every chance i get. some are better than others depending on the quality of the produce. also, ya have to get the vinaigrette right or else it’s just blah.
this Greek-style vinaigrette is made with really simple ingredients! you just need extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, sea salt and pepper.
that’s it! simple and wholesome ingredients that are positively bursting with flavors.
just a little Horiatiki Salata background information below!
a Greek salad is usually a summer dish, and since lettuce only grows in Greece during the winter months a traditional ‘Horiatiki’ salad does not include lettuce.
the Greek village salad is not part of the Greece’s long established traditional cuisine. actually, the tomato didn’t become mainstream in Greece until the end of the 19th, beginning of the 20th century. so crazy because when we think of Greece….fresh tomatoes, especially from Crete.
the village salad is generally made with tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese (usually served as a large slice on top of the other ingredients), kalamata olives and dressed with salt, pepper, Greek oregano and olive oil. i also add vinegar and sometimes lemon juice to mine!
other common additions include green bell pepper slices or capers, especially on the Dodecanese islands.
since this is 2022 and we have an abundance of vegan cheeses to choose from, you bet vegan feta is key in this recipe.
while i highly recommend violife, Trader Joe’s also makes a good one!
chickpeas are in here for some added protein and they make the pitas more hearty, so i would include them if possible.
if you like my Vegan Greek Village Salad Pitas you’ll also love these other recipes of mine!
Easy Veggie Pasta Salad with Tahini Dressing
Delicious Chard and Kalamata Olive Pasta
Dairy-Free Buffalo Sauce Mac n Cheese
Healthy Vegan Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese
Semi-Homemade Vegan Pasta Bake
Vegan Greek Village Pasta Salad
Vegan Spicy Mushroom Stroganoff
are you going to make my Vegan Greek Village Salad Pitas?!
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Vegan Greek Village Salad PitasCourse: Lunch u0026amp; Dinner, SaladsDifficulty: Easy
- 9 pitas of your choosing
- village salad
2 cups cherry tomatoes cut into quarters
one large cucumber cut into quarters
6 ounces vegan feta
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
1 green bell pepper cut into small pieces
1 can rinsed and drained chickpeas
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 grated garlic cloves
1 tsp dried oregano
sea salt and pepper to taste
- vegan tzatziki
1 and 1/4 cup thick coconut yogurt
juice of one small lemon
1/2 tbsp dried dill weed
sea salt and pepper to taste
- mix the village salad ingredients together well until everything is coated with the vinaigrette.
- whisk the tzatziki ingredients until a thick and creamy texture forms.
- add a generous amount of tzatziki to the inside of a pita and then fill with the Greek village salad also.
- store the salad and tzatziki in an airtight container in the fridge. do not fill pitas until ready to eat.