Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

New favorite salad! Sorry... forgot the photo!

2 c. cherry tomatoes (about 12 ounces), stemmed and quartered
1 cucumber (about 8 ounces), peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed
1/3 c. pitted kalamata olives, chopped (we didn't use)
1/4 c. minced red onion
1 romaine lettuce heart (about 6 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 c. crumbled feta cheese
1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley

1. Toss the tomatoes, cucumber, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in a colander and let drain for 15 to 30 minutes.

2. Whisk the oil, vinegar, and garlic together in a large bowl until well combined.  Add the drained tomatoes and cucumber, chickpeas, olives, and onion and toss to combine.  Let sit at room temperature until the flavors blend, about 5 minutes.

3.  Add the lettuce, feta, and parsley and toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.