There are a gazillion of salad combinations. Their content depends on what you love to have in them or on a certain personal health goal like loosing weight. I like to think about any vegetable as an essential resource of vitamins and antioxidants that our body needs. If you believe in the most recent research that some vegetables may contribute to weight gain then you will probably want to keep out the sweet pepper and tomatoes or keep the pulp of the whole tomato only when making this salad. You can basically add anything you like. However, if you want to keep it as a “Mediterranean” type of salad you need to use tomatoes, cheese, and olives. These are the vegetables I used:
- a couple of medium tomatoes on the vine
- one cucumber salad
- a half of Cubanelle (sweet pepper)
- a medium size avocado (this is my own addition)
- crumbled Feta cheese
- olives (I prefer pitted Kalamata olives)
- extra virgin olive oil
- chopped fresh dill (sometimes I used dried dill if I don’t have fresh dill)
- freshly squeezed lemon juice
- salt (if needed) Place all vegetables cut in chunks or slices in a large salad bowl. Add cheese and olives. Sprinkle with fresh dill and mix with a couple of tablespoons of oil and lemon juice. You may add sliced of red onions if you like them. Taste and adjust the quantities. You are done in minutes.
My mom used to place a chunk piece of soft cow cheese on the plate next to the cut tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions. She would also add olives when she was able to find them at the market. Feta cheese is the closest in taste and texture to the soft cow cheese I used to eat in Romania that I could find at any time so I can make this salad during all seasons of the year. I love to use fresh dill because it reminds me of the smell of a summer garden. I like to eat this salad with fresh baked bread because I can dip it in the cheesy dressing that gets formed. You can chill the mixture for a few minutes. However, you will need to serve it immediately because the vegetables become saggy after a while.
I would love to be more successful with my vegetable garden this year so I can just go behind the house and grab whatever vegetables I need for my cooking. It will be one of my dreams come true. No more trips to the produce department (well, not as many, at least for the beginning).