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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mediterranean Salad

Cucumber and tomatoes are tossed with kalamata olives and feta, then dressed with a hummus vinaigrette.


Hun... What's for Dinner? | Mediterranean Salad= Cucumber and tomatoes are tossed with kalamata olives and feta, then dressed with a hummus vinaigrette


I've been on a huge hummus kick the past few weeks. I'll go through a container of hummus in about 3 days. I'll eat it with crackers, after the kids go to bed, or with naan a mid day snack/lunch. I just can't get enough. This past weekend, the weather was gorgeous and I really didn't feel like cooking a hot meal, so the kids opted for sandwiches, while I decided to make this salad. I had a tomato that I desperately needed to use up, so I decided to pair it with cucumber. The rest of the salad just took a Mediterranean twist, when I added kalamata olives and feta.

This salad makes a great light lunch, or dinner, served with toasted naan bread. Thanks to Costco, I have a huge pack of naan, which I keep in the freezer, for when the mood strikes. I find it's the perfect starch to serve with veggies, especially for a ratatouille with chickpeas I make. Anyway, I wanted to incorporate some hummus into my salad, so I decided to use it to make a vinaigrette. Mixed with oil and lemon juice, the hummus created a wonderful creamy dressing for this fresh salad. I have a feeling that it will be a staple in my house this summer.


Hun... What's for Dinner? | Mediterranean Salad= Cucumber and tomatoes are tossed with kalamata olives and feta, then dressed with a hummus vinaigrette



Mediterranean Salad

1 medium vine ripe tomato, chopped
1/4 C cucumber, chopped
1/4 C kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
2 Tbs crumbled feta

dressing:
2 Tbs kalamata olive hummus (or your favourite flavor)
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp dried oregano
pinch of salt
3-4 Tbs olive oil

In a bowl combine the tomato, cucumber, olives and feta; toss to combine.

In a small bowl whisk together the hummus, lemon juice, oregano and salt. Slowly whisk in oil, 1 Tbs at a time, until desired consistency is reached. I left it a little thick, since the tomato was very juicy.

Pour dressing onto tomato mixture and toss to coat. Serve with toasted naan, for a nice light lunch, or dinner.



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6 comments:

Dee M said...

Sounds delicious--I love salads, and I'm pinning this one! :)

Cheryl King said...

I’m swinging by from Cast Party Wednesday to check out your YUMMY looking post and invite you to my link party, The Yuck Stops Here. This week’s party is open until Sunday at 8pm ET and can be found at http://mommasangelbaby.com/?p=2463 and next week’s party starts on Tuesday at 8pm ET and can be found at http://mommasangelbaby.com/?p=2474. I hope to see you there! HUGS

Walking on Sunshine said...

This looks good! Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday!

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said...

Yummy Cindy...On one my favorites!

Soozle said...

Oh yum! what a great way to use hummus - I would never have thought to try this!

Miz Helen said...

I love your Mediterranean Salad, it looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen