Friday, January 3, 2014

Middle Eastern Vegetable Salad - Ina Fridays - Ina Garten

I have linked this to a wonderful  link-up  s  Cook-Your-Books in found at the outstanding  Kitchen Flavours.  If you have cooked a recipe from any cookbook, you might want to go on over and link it up also.
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My husband returned home from out of town and I wanted to make him something special so I asked.  Not a giggle out of you guys, please..........

He asked for mac and cheese.  I am guessing he was eating a lot of meat while away.  I know that every time, I spoke with him, he was eating on the run or making food for his grandkids.  For a man who usually eats vegetables and dairy, I don't think he got too much of these.

He asked for it so he got it but I made a delicious salad to enhance the pasta dish.  Please keep in mind, I had all kinds of exotic plans, for this meal.

Since Ina Friday is this week and we are doing sides, I am using this dish as my Ina contribution.  The recipe is found on page 101 of How Easy is That?  I got the book when it first came out and made a number of recipes, liking each one, but it got put on the shelf and has only been used on occasion.  Considering how many tempting recipes are found in this book, I should keep it in the kitchen as a go-to source. 

This salad was filled with yummy flavors and there was a mixture of textures.  I took three servings and I never take three servings.  It is also colorful and brightens the table - a bonus.

Middle Eastern Vegetable Salad  adapted from  2010, Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?

4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:


4 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced

10 grape tomatoes - 1/2-inch-diced
1 English cucumber, quartered lengthwise, 1/2-inch-diced
1 can  chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried basil 
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 lemons)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup good olive oil
4 ounces good feta cheese, 1/2-inch-diced

Method:

Place the scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas, parsley,  and basil in a large salad bowl and toss to combine.


In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Pour the dressing over the salad, tossing gently to coat all the vegetables. Add the feta, sprinkle with  pepper, and toss gently. 



Please visit our other Ina members and see what side dishes they brought to the table.


Anshie @ Spice Roots

Barbara @ Moveable Feasts

Alyce @ http://www.moretimeatthetable.com

Chaya @ Bizzy Bakes

Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

Martha @ Simple Nourished Living

Mary @ mary@bucknrunranch.com (please welcome our newest member)

Minnie @ The Lady 8 Home

Mireya @ My Healthy Eating Habits

Nancy @ My Picadillo

Ria @ Ria’s Collection

Rocky Mountain Woman @ Rocky Mountain Woman

Veronica@ My Catholic Kitchen

If you are interested in joining us please contact  Alyce @ http://www.moretimeatthetable.com

11 comments:

  1. This salad sounds great. I look forward to seeing your posts each month.

    Happy New Year,
    Linda

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  2. This looks really good Chaya. I'll save this one for a night when hubby is out of town. There are a couple of key ingredients here that he is not fond of. His loss I say! Cucumbers, chick peas, feta? I'm in. Thanks for adding me to your group!

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  3. This looks really good Chaya. I'll save this one for a night when hubby is out of town. There are a couple of key ingredients here that he is not fond of. His loss I say! Cucumbers, chick peas, feta? I'm in. Thanks for adding me to your group!

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  4. Looks like the perfect side for mac n cheese...

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  5. Beautiful salad…we call it Israeli Salad at our house and I add whatever--especially like feta. Glad your hub is home and happily fed. Sounds wonderful that he fed the grandchildren, Chaya. Thanks for the linky. HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR to you and all you love!

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  6. The salad looks special!! ~Happy New year!~

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  7. It's one of the most popular salad here, and we call it Greek Salad
    I personally just loooooooooooooove it :)

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  8. The salad looks beautiful and will be so refreshing with the mac and cheese. I do love that mac n cheese too.. slurp.

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  9. The salad looks beautiful and will be so refreshing with the mac and cheese. I do love that mac n cheese too.. slurp. .. That comment was supposed to go from my google profile.. instead went from my Hubby's account :)) Internet is funny!

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  10. That is one beautiful salad. I would love to try that. I do love mac and cheese too! You do not have me on your list in the group. Please add me. Thank you!

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  11. Hi Chaya,
    This is such a delicious combination! I never would have thought to pair mac and cheese with a veggie salad. Both dishes looks really delicious!

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