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
seedless cucumber, peeled
large scallions, washed and trimmed
pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
cup kalamata olives, pits removed
7.75 oz can chickpeas, drained (I like Hanover brand)
ounces best-quality feta cheese
small red onion, peeled
tablespoons red wine vinegar
cup olive oil
teaspoon dried oregano
tablespoons flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
zest of 1/2 lemon
- 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.
- Roughly chop olives. Crumble feta.
- Slice red onion into paper-thin half moons.
- Place cucumber, scallions, olives, grape tomatoes, feta and red onion into large bowl. Add chickpeas. Stir gently to combine.
- 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.
- 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.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Recipe