Monday, June 3, 2013

Better Than a Greek Salad

Last week I wanted to make a blueberry, cucumber, and feta salad recipe that I saw in the Wegmans catalogue. When I got to the grocery store, the blueberries looked rather pathetic, and they were selling for $4 a pint. They looked like the size of raisins, so I decided against the berries. I was pretty bummed! I bought some cherry tomatoes instead so I could make a basic Greek-like salad to serve with the salmon burgers I was making for dinner. I used cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, kalamata olives, and a homemade vinaigrette in the salad. It was the perfect addition to the meal. I think this salad would taste good for lunch in a wrap or with homemade pita chips. This salad is so easy to make & it's very refreshing. Enjoy!
*I think this salad is better than a Greek salad because it's super easy to make and because it is such a cool & refreshing salad. I hope you think it is better than a Greek salad too!*

Recipe for Better Than a Greek Salad

For the salad
1 large chilled English cucumber, peeled, sliced 1/4-inch thick, then cut in half
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
About 12 kalamata olives, cut in half
2 ounces of high quality feta cheese, cut into smallish cubes
For the dressing
2 Tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. of white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. of white balsamic vinegar
1 ounce of finely crumbled feta cheese
1 garlic clove, pressed
Several grinds of fresh black pepper
1/8 tsp. of coarse sea salt
1/8 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS (Makes 2 - 3 servings)
Make the dressing. Combine all of the ingredients in a smallish bowl and mix well. Cover and put in the fridge until ready to use. In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Divide salad amongst bowls. Sprinkle each serving with a little bit of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

Serving suggestions
-Serve salad with the main course
-Put salad in a wrap for lunch
-Serve salad with homemade pita chips

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