Today's grativibe is about keeping things colorful and healthy.
We took this salad to our friend's annual holiday party last year. I second-guessed taking a summery salad to a party in the middle of December. But it's what I was craving. It didn't take but a minute to rationalize that the red, white, and green made it festive and, therefore, extremely holiday appropriate. And so I went with it.
For all the chopping, this is my go-to knife. It's light weight and has a soft, comfortable handle. In fact, it's by far my very favorite and least expensive chefs knife. I had purchased yellow and green when I had my catering and personal chef business, but they also come in black, blue, brown, purple, red, and white! Those two Santoku knives are among the few items from the business that now reside in my tiny home kitchen. That's how much I love them!
Salad and kalamata vinaigrette in tow, off we went to the party. We walked into the house, and I shook off another round of doubts when I set it among the heavy comfort foods and sugary desserts. But people loved it. It was a hit! And when I ate it in the dead of winter that night, it really hit the spot.
The takeaway: Be brave. Be you. Follow your salad vibe.
- 3 romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
- 1 ½ cups grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
- 1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
- ½ red onion, sliced thin
- 32 kalamata olives, pitted and halved
- 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (omit for dairy free and vegan)
- 2 tablespoons fresh italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 4 servings kalamata vinaigrette, (link below)
- Prepare Kalamata Vinaigrette dressing. Set aside.
- Layer half of the lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, olives, parsley, mint, and the feta to a large bowl; sprinkle with half the lemon juice. Then layer on the other half of the lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, olives parsley, mint, and feta; sprinkle with other half of lemon juice.
- Serve with kalamata dressing on the side or drizzle with dressing and gently toss right before serving.
Favorite Items Used to Make This Recipe
<! -- hand juicer 16.99 -- /!>
Deborah Campbell says
This salad sounds delicious. I will be giving it a try. I also, love my knife! A great gift from my generous and thoughtful daughter.
Amy Q says
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that knife too (which I've appropriately dubbed the "Kim knife since it was a gift from her! ) !! I use it for EVERYTHING!!! And will DEFINITELY be using it for the chopping of ingredients for this recipe! YUMMM!!
Thank you for posting a comment, Amy! I'm SO glad you love the knife. Let us know what you think of the salad when you make it. It's one of our faves!