Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing and Herb Feta

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Makes:
4 servings
Start to Finish:
40 mins
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Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing and Herb Feta

Ingredients
2
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
6
tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
 
Juice from half of a lemon
 
A few sprigs of fresh mint, leaves picked and finely chopped
 
Sea salt
 
Freshly ground black pepper
1
head of Boston lettuce or small heart of romaine lettuce
3
small carrots, peeled
1/2
of a cucumber
6
radishes
1
cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/4
of a head of broccoli, broken into florets
2
Candy Cane beets, or beets, scrubbed, trimmed, and thinly sliced
 
A few sprigs of mixed soft herbs, such as mint, chives, flat-leaf parsley
1
lemon
6
ounces block of feta cheese
 
Sourdough bread, sliced lengthways into long pieces

Directions

  1. Put all dressing ingredients into a small screw-top jar with a tight--itting lid, adding a pinch of salt and pepper. Shake well and set aside.
  2. Remove any wilted or bruised outer leaves on the lettuce. Separate the rest of the leaves, tearing out any thick stems; tear leaves into bite-size pieces. Wash the leaves, spin dry in a salad spinner, and transfer to a serving bowl.
  3. Slice the carrots thickly on an angle. Halve the cucumber lengthwise and cut into half-moon slices. Slice the radishes as thinly as you can, and halve the tomatoes (or leave whole, if you like). Break up the broccoli florets into small bite-size pieces and add to bowl of lettuce along with the sliced beets. Gently toss together. Set aside.
  4. Finely chop the herbs on a cutting board. Grate lemon zest over the herbs and use your knife to sweep everything into the middle of the board. Place the block of feta on top to coat it with the herbs. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper; turn it over and coat the other side of the cheese with the herbs.
  5. Toast the long slices of sourdough on a hot grill pan for a few minutes until golden with grill marks on both sides. When ready to serve, quickly dress the salad with half of the dressing and toss together. Serve the salad on the toasted bread with the herbed feta crumbled on top. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing and Herb Feta)
    Per serving:
  • 339 kcal cal.,
  • 20 g fat
  • (8 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 9 g monounsatured fat),
  • 38 mg chol.,
  • 754 mg sodium,
  • 32 g carb.,
  • 6 g fiber,
  • 10 g sugar,
  • 12 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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