Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Greek Vegetable Salad with Homemade Greek Vinaigrette

Try a new take on a summer salad favorite!
Greek Vegetable Salad with Homemade Greek Vinaigrette
Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (main dish); 10 servings (side dish)

For the Greek vinaigrette:

1/3 cup STAR® California Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup STAR® Red Wine Vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. fresh oregano, chopped
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

For the vegetables:
1 1/2 pounds broccoli florets cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut into small pieces
1 jar (14.75 oz.) Cara Mia® Marinated Artichoke Hearts, drained & roughly chopped
1 can (5.75 oz.) black olives, halved
6 oz. grape tomatoes
4 oz. feta cheese crumbles
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

To make the vinaigrette:
Combine all dressing ingredients in a dressing cruet or jar with a lid and mix well.  Adjust salt, pepper and sugar to taste.
To prepare the veggies:
Bring about 3 cups of water to a simmer in a shallow pan.  Add the broccoli and asparagus and cook for 60-90 seconds, just until crisp-tender.  Drain and move to an ice bath to stop the cooking.  After about 5 minutes, drain from the ice bath and transfer to a large bowl.  Stir in the bell pepper, artichoke hearts, olives, and tomatoes.  Stir well until the vegetables are evenly distributed.  Add in the feta cheese and stir well.
Pour about half of the dressing on and stir well, to distribute the dressing, repeat.  Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Stir in the pine nuts just before serving.

Recipe developed by Bake Your Day


Barbara F. said...

Love these recipes, am now following but please can you add the Pin It button? Thanks so much.

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