Hot Outta The Oven: Summer Salad With Feta

Our usual “Hot Outta The Oven” chef, Teri Tsang Barrett, is on vacay this week, so our lovely intern Annika stepped up with this recipe for a take on a Greek salad. Clearly this one should not be hot outta the oven.

Since, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week that tomatoes are safe to eat again, I thought this recipe for a tomato salad with feta and cucumbers sounded refreshing on a hot summer evening. Tomatoes contain powerful antioxidants, like vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene and lycopene. This salad is not only healthy, but would be perfect for a picnic date, just add the Sangria or beverage of choice. Summer Salad with Feta
Serves 4 to 6

5 medium or large ripe tomatoes cut into wedges (if large, the wedges should be cut crosswise in half), or 1 pint of cherry tomatoes cut in half
1/2 European cucumber, or 1 Persian or Japanese cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, seeded if desired, then sliced into half circles about 1/3-inch thick.
Sea salt or fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, or 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano

Toss together the tomatoes, cucumber, salt, pepper, vinegar, and olive oil. Add the feta and herbs, and toss again. Taste, adjust the seasonings, and serve.

Add any or all of the ingredients below:

1/2 small red onion, sliced and rinsed with cold water
12 to 18 imported Greek black olives, such as kalamatas or amphisas
1 small green, yellow, or red bell pepper
1 heart of romaine lettuce, cut in 2-inch pieces
A handful of cubed stale bread or croutons

Advanced Preparation

You can assemble the salad hours before adding the seasonings, vinegar, and olive oil. Be warned: If you salt the salad too long before serving, it will become watery, as the salt draws out juices from the vegetables. [NY Times]