Sun-kissed Summertime Salad—Lunch for 4

Sun-kissed Summertime Salad is a light, refreshing Mediterranean lunch dish featuring crisp greens, juicy tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese, tossed in a tangy lemon-herb dressing. Perfect for hot summer days, this vibrant salad offers a delightful balance of flavors and textures to satisfy your cravings.

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You Need This Stuff

  • 4 cups mixed greens, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 whole lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Do This With That Stuff

  1. Wash and dry 4 cups of mixed greens, then chop them on a cutting board using a chef’s knife
  2. Place the chopped mixed greens in a large salad bowl
  3. Rinse 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, then cut each tomato in half using the chef’s knife
  4. Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the salad bowl
  5. Measure 1/2 cup of Kalamata olives and ensure they are pitted, then add them to the salad bowl
  6. Crumble 1/2 cup of feta cheese and add it to the salad bowl
  7. Peel and thinly slice 1/4 cup of red onion using the chef’s knife and vegetable peeler, then add it to the salad bowl
  8. Wash and slice 1/4 cup of cucumber, then add it to the salad bowl
  9. Chop 2 tbsp of fresh basil and 2 tbsp of fresh parsley on the cutting board with the chef’s knife, then add them to the salad bowl
  10. In a small mixing bowl, combine juice from one whole lemon (using a citrus juicer), 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, and 1/2 tsp dried oregano using a whisk
  11. Season dressing with salt and pepper to taste, whisking until well combined
  12. Pour dressing over salad ingredients in large salad bowl
  13. Toss everything together until evenly coated with dressing

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Beti’s Reflections

While exploring the vibrant Mediterranean coast last summer, I stumbled upon a quaint little café that served the most delightful salad. It was love at first bite, and I knew I had to recreate it for my fellow foodies back home. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the Sun-kissed Summertime Salad – a refreshing symphony of flavors that will transport your taste buds straight to the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean.

This Mediterranean Salad Recipe serves four people and is perfect for those looking for a light and healthy meal option. It’s vegetarian-friendly and packed with nutrients, making it an excellent choice for anyone watching their waistline or simply seeking a delicious alternative to heavy pasta dishes and winter comfort food.

Our Sun-kissed Summertime Salad features a medley of fresh ingredients: 4 cups of chopped mixed greens provide a crisp base, while 1 cup of juicy halved cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, and 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese add bursts of flavor. Thinly sliced red onion (1/4 cup) and cucumber (1/4 cup) bring crunchiness to the mix, while 2 tablespoons each of chopped fresh basil and parsley elevate the salad with their aromatic notes. The pièce de résistance is the tangy Lemon Dijon Dressing Recipe made from freshly squeezed lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.

To assemble this Kalamata Olive Feta Salad masterpiece, start by washing and chopping your mixed greens before placing them in a large salad bowl. Add in your halved cherry tomatoes followed by Kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese. Next up are your thinly sliced red onion and cucumber pieces. Sprinkle in your freshly chopped basil and parsley before moving on to prepare the Fresh Herb Mixed Greens Salad dressing. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, mustard, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Finally, pour the dressing over your salad ingredients and toss everything together until evenly coated.

There you have it – a Sun-kissed Summertime Salad that’s as delightful to look at as it is to devour! This Easy Feta Cheese Salad is perfect for picnics, potlucks, or simply enjoying in the comfort of your own home. So go ahead and treat yourself to a taste of the Mediterranean with this Healthy Summer Salad Idea that’s sure to become a staple in your recipe collection. Happy eating!

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