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
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
1/2 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
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.
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