[dropcap1 color=”rosy”]I[/dropcap1] am. So, it’s time for another colorful, flavorful, and light post. This past Sunday I made ‘sunny mango salsa’ to brighten up the dreadful weather. Now it’s time for a middle eastern salad.
This salad is great because it is seasonless. The ingredients required are fresh all year round. You’ll always end up with a great dish that is bursting with flavors due to the use of three different types of green herbs as well as sunny lemons.
I found this recipe from…wait for it…Ina Garten. Shocked? I know. It’s funny how much I am inspired by her, but when I actually write my notes when I’m cooking for posts I do find myself changing her recipes more and more. That is what cooking is all about though, right? Putting your own touch on things. I didn’t change much of the flavors of this recipe, simply the quantities. I also cut back on the vinaigrette. I don’t like salads swimming in dressing. It should be light – never a puddle at the bottom of the bowl.
As promised Kelly, here is the recipe! I hope this salad gives you a much needed burst of sunshine on a snowy February day.
- 2 cans chick peas, drained and rinsed
- 6 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 seedless cucumber, diced
- handful of parsley, chopped
- handful of basil, chopped
- palmful of mint, chopped
- 8 ounces good feta cheese
- juice and zest of two lemons
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup good olive oil
- Place first 8 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a small mixing bowl combine lemon juice and zest, garlic, sea salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to together.
- Serve with toasted pita chips - grilled chicken - on top of a flaky white fish that is baked to perfection. Lots of options with this one.
Think sunny skies!
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First of all…I feel your pain. The weather has been dreadful and I don’t think we’ve been an antibiotic-free household since November.
This recipe sounds wonderful (thank you Ina) and just what the doctor ordered. Not only are chick peas are a great source of protein, fiber and minerals; but they are also known to lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar. I think I’ll try it this week!
Keep up the good work, Courtney!
Thank you so much Tiffany! And thanks for your insight on the health factors of chick peas….good to know. Hope the recipe turns out well for you!
Thank you sooo much Court! This is my absolute favorite salad! : ) I can’t wait to try it – you are AMAZING!!!
Of course – so glad you enjoyed it!!
I’ve made this 4 times since you posted! Love it!
I’m SO glad you liked it! I love all the fresh herbs – so flavorful!