This is a great recipe to have on hand if you need to use up tomatoes and cucumbers (especially if you have a vegetable garden).
An added bonus is it also calls for basil. For whatever reason, my basil plants are growing like they are on steroids this season! This salad has a wonderful fresh taste to it that I just love! The feta cheese gives this elegant dish a Mediterranean flair. For the best flavor, it is best served right after it is made, but it can be made an hour or two before serving if you are pressed for time.
When you make the vinaigrette, you may question the little amount of olive oil and lemon juice, but it is truly the perfect amount for this salad. A little goes a long way in this case! In this recipe, I prefer to use kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. I tend to use these two ingredients in many of my recipes as I like the taste compared to regular salt and pepper. You don't need to add tons of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper...
This is my take on a French vinaigrette. It is really easy to make, and tastes really good too! Making salad dressing can be a good option if you want something unique that will impress both guests and family alike. Buying salad dressing from the store is not a horrible thing, but with this dressing one can pick and choose how much of one ingredient to use. It is especially helpful if there is a picky eater in the family, or someone with sensitive taste buds as I can substitute ingredients if need be or add less of an ingredient that might be too strong.
This classic French Vinaigrette is what works best for our family. I like to experiment with different salad dressings, and I find that this combination of ingredients works best for this dressing. These simple ingredients when put together make something extraordinary!
Red Wine Vinegar
Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
In a medium bowl, place 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar...
This salad is one of my go-to salads. I absolutely love this salad. I could eat this everyday, but I think my family would revolt. They enjoy this salad, but they prefer some variety in their diet. Not only does this salad taste good, but it looks pretty too!
You can start with any mix of greens you have on hand. I love using lettuce from my garden, but when lettuce is not available my go-to choice of greens is romaine. You can make your salad in a large bowl, or you can make individual plates to serve to your guests. I personally like to do my salads buffet style by placing the greens in a large bowl and putting the toppings in little bowls with your dressing in a small pitcher. This is a great way to serve your guests, because they can choose the toppings they like to put on their salad. My favorite toppings are sliced baby bella mushrooms, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, sliced green onion, freshly ground black pepper, and French vina...