How the Greeks Invented Salad

The tradition of eating salad at the beginning of our meals was a practice put forth by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates.

Hippocrates believed that eating raw vegetables was a healthier way to eat and if people ingested an assortment of raw vegetables before consuming the bulk of their meals, it would aid in digestion as raw vegetables readily glide through our digestive systems freeing us of all obstruction allowing the feast to follow to pass freely along.

The word salad evolved from the Latin “sal” with direct reference to salt which evolved into “salata” or salted things. Herba salata translated to “salted herbs”. From salata came the French Salade and the Old English “sallet”. These salted things were also served with vinegar, lemon juice, and oils. From an etymological perspective if one were to ponder which came first the salad or the salad dressing, perhaps it would be the dressing, because salad’s name is derived from what it is.

Greek Salad is served in varying degrees of authenticity.

This summer-styled salad is most commonly a rustic preparation of coarsely chopped of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives, sometimes served with the addition of capers or pickled grape leaves with the ingredients seasoned with salt, oregano, and olive oil.

It can be hard to think about salads with winter closing in on us and our body’s naturally craving heavier foods to ensure our survival through the darkest days of the year, but this is the perfect time of year to enjoy the end of tomatoes, peppers and green onion season as we transition into hothouse growing. We at Kiki on the River pride ourselves on being true to the traditions of Greek cuisine, and these are the ingredients we use for our Tomato aka Greek Salad:

  • Tomato Peppers
  • Red Onion
  • Cucumber
  • Feta Cheese
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Oregano
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Olive Oil

To try the best Greek salad in Miami, you know where to find us.

Just follow the river…