Make Ahead

My Mom's Summer Salad

June  3, 2014
Author Notes

This salad is in heavy rotation in our house during the summer months. Wonderful with virtually any grilled meat, we sometimes fold this into just-cooked orzo and eat it warm. —weekend at bearnaise

  • Serves four to six
  • 1 large seedless cucumber, peeled
  • 4 large scallions, washed and trimmed
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives, pits removed
  • 1 7.75 oz can chickpeas, drained (I like Hanover brand)
  • 10 ounces best-quality feta cheese
  • 1/2 small red onion, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
In This Recipe
  1. Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise, then scrape out the pulp with a small spoon. Slice each half lengthwise, then chop into small- to medium-sized pieces. Leaving scallions whole, cut both white and green parts into 1/4 inch pieces. Slice tomatoes in half lengthwise.
  2. Roughly chop olives. Crumble feta.
  3. Slice red onion into paper-thin half moons.
  4. Place cucumber, scallions, olives, grape tomatoes, feta and red onion into large bowl. Add chickpeas. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Add red wine vinegar and olive oil to bowl. Add dried oregano, fresh parsley and lemon zest. Stir again, gently. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Let salad sit at room temperature until ready to serve. If it looks dry, add more red wine vinegar. They key is to keep the salad moist but it should not be swimming in dressing.
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