Tirosalata: A Traditional Greek Feta Salad

Tirosalata (or tyrosalata), which literally means cheese salad, is a popular Greek dip. This feta cheese spread, which happens to be my favorite one, is a delicious traditional Greek appetizer you will find in every tavern, and this recipe will teach you how to make it.

This tirosalata recipe requires the following ingredients: Greek feta cheese, ricotta cheese, bell pepper, garlic, Greek olive oil, vinegar, oregano, and pepper. Even though these are the ingredients I use for this recipe, you can experiment with the ingredients until you obtain your desired outcome. However, if you are looking for a spicier version of this recipe, tirokafteri is the cheese salad you are looking for! Full of proteins, this tirosalata recipe is delicious to eat with toasted bread and crackers. Moreover, if you grill, tirosalata will become your favorite dip as you can combine it with chicken souvlaki or any other grilled meat.

There are two secrets that I need you to take notice of in this tirosalata recipe. First, always use the original Greek feta cheese as all other countries just copy the trademark without the same quality taste. Second, this tirosalata recipe also contains ricotta cheese. Although it may be fattening and high in calories, ricotta has a high nutritional value for the vitamins and minerals it contains. As ricotta comes from whey milk, it is rich in protein. A serving of this cheese contains 7.5 g of carbs and 27.7 g of protein.

This feta dip recipe, which requires no cooking skills, serves six persons and takes only 15 minutes to prepare. 

Tirosalata - Ingredients

  • 500 g of Greek feta cheese, crumbled.
  • 250 g of ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of green bell pepper finely chopped.
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic, finely chopped.
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of Greek olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried oregano

Tirosalata - How to make

  1. Take a bowl and cut the feta into small pieces either with your hands or with the help of a grater.
  2. Add the ricotta cheese and the following ingredients and with a spoon mix the ingredients well.
  3. Taste the tirosalata to see if any additional garlic or pepper is needed.
  4. Serve

This tirosalata recipe is also known as htipiti. You can keep it in the refrigerator for several days. If you want a spicier version, you should try this tirokafteri recipe. Enjoy!