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Recipe: Totally Tomato Feta Salad

Recipe: Totally Tomato Feta Salad

Totally Tomato Feta Salad

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Nataliya Arzamasova/Shutterstock.com
prep time
10 minutes
cook time
makes
4-6 servings

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Totally Tomato Feta Salad

Our Totally Tomato Feta Salad is a celebration of simplicity and taste and a testament to the fact that minimal ingredients really can deliver maximum flavor. It features ripe Roma tomatoes, fresh parsley, and creamy feta tossed in a zesty dressing of lemon and olive oil, subtly sweetened with honey. The salad is a delicious reminder of how a few high-quality ingredients can come together to create a truly memorable dish.

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • chop :

    to cut something into small, rough pieces using a blade.

  • emulsify :

    to convert two or more liquids into an emulsion. What is an emulsion, you ask? It is a fine dispersion of teeny tiny droplets of one liquid into another. It’s what allows oil and vinegar to mix and not separate.

  • toss :

    to lightly lift and drop food items together or coat food items with flour, or a sauce or dressing, as in a salad.

  • whisk :

    to beat or stir ingredients vigorously with a fork or whisk to mix, blend, or incorporate air.

Equipment Checklist

  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Kid-safe knife
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Wooden spoon
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Citrus juicer (optional)
  • Whisk
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Ingredients

Totally Tomato Feta Salad

  • 1 roma tomato **(for NIGHTSHADE ALLERGY sub 1 C strawberries, chopped)**
  • 1/2 C feta cheese **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free feta cheese)**
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon (1 tsp lemon juice)
  • 1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 drizzle honey
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

Food Allergen Substitutions

Totally Tomato Feta Salad

  • Nightshade/Tomato: For 1 roma tomato, substitute 1 C strawberries, chopped (if no allergy to strawberries).
  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free feta cheese.

Instructions

Totally Tomato Feta Salad

1.
chop + measure + toss

Chop 1 roma tomato and 1/4 cup fresh parsley and place them into a medium mixing bowl. Then, crumble 1/2 cup feta cheese into the bowl. Gently toss the ingredients together.

2.
whisk + drizzle

Measure 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 drizzle of honey, 1 pinch of salt, and 1 pinch of black pepper into a liquid measuring cup. Slice 1 lemon in half. Squeeze 1 teaspoon of the lemon juice into the liquid measuring cup. (Reserve the remaining lemon for the Couscous and White Bean Confetti Tabouli if making). Whisk the lemon and olive oil mixture together until combined. Drizzle the salad dressing over the top of the tomato feta salad.

3.
scrumptious science

Making salad dressing can be a little tricky. The density of oil and all the other ingredients is so different that they won’t stay combined. You will notice that oil-based dressing separates into its original ingredients. To fix this issue, you will create an emulsion or combination of two ingredients that don’t naturally stay combined. There are three kinds of emulsions: temporary (salad dressing), semi-permanent (e.g., Hollandaise sauce), and permanent (e.g., mayonnaise). By whisking the ingredients, you can create the most temporary form of an emulsion. The whisk incorporates friction (the force created when two things rub together), forcing the oil and lemon juice to combine for enough time to drizzle over your salad.

4.
toss + serve

Toss the salad one more time. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your taste. You can add more honey, salt, or pepper as you see fit. Enjoy!

Surprise Ingredient: Feta!

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Photo by 22Images Studio/Shutterstock.com (feta slices with olive oil and oregano)

Hi! I'm Feta! 

"I'm a salty Greek cheese! In Greek, my name means "slice." I'm great on a Greek salad or pizza, go well with olives and pita wedges, and add a wonderful tangy flavor to scrambled eggs!"

  • Feta goes back to at least the 8th century BCE. Homer writes about the cheese in his epic poem, the "Odyssey."
  • To be called "feta," a cheese must be produced in Greece and have the correct amount of sheep's milk: 70 to 100 percent. It also must be cured for at least three months in brine.
  • "Feta" is a legal designation similar to Champagne or Roquefort. Romania, Bulgaria, France, and Denmark, among others, make similar cheeses, but they can't be called "feta."
  • In the United States, Greek-style "feta" refers to an American-made crumbly, white, brined cheese made from cow's milk. 
  • Feta cheese can be made from the milk of sheep or sheep and goat (no more than 30 percent can be goat's milk). 
  • Feta cheese is about 25 percent fat, of which about two-thirds is saturated.
  • Feta is high in calcium and vitamin B12.
  • A 1.25-ounce cube of feta cheese has about 100 calories.

Let's Learn About Greece!

Photo by NadyaEugene/Shutterstock.com

Ancient Greece

  • Ancient Greece was a civilization in the northeastern Mediterranean region that existed from about 1100 BCE to 600 CE. Democracy began there in Athens in the 5th century BCE.
  • The first Olympics were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were staged on the plains of Olympia. Ancient Olympic sports included running, chariot racing, mule-cart racing, boxing, discus throw, long jump, wrestling, and pankration, a wild cross between wrestling and boxing with no rules except biting and eye-gouging!
  • A few of the well-known figures from this period were: Alexander the Great, who ruled over the whole empire from 336 to 323 BCE; Hippocrates, a physician referred to as the Father of Medicine; Herodotus, called the Father of History, who wrote his "Histories" about the Greco-Persian wars; Socrates, considered the founder of Western Philosophy; Plato, an author and philosopher who founded the first academy of higher learning in the West; Aristotle, a student of Plato's who also founded a school of philosophy; and Thales, a mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and one of the Seven Sages of Greece.  

Modern Greece

  • Greece, in Southeast Europe, is officially called the Hellenic Republic. Its government is a unitary parliamentary republic with a president, prime minister, and parliament. The capital and largest city is Athens, and the official language is Greek.
  • Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821 and was recognized as an independent country in 1830. 
  • The size of Greece is about the same as the US state of Alabama but has twice as many people, over 10.5 million. 
  • The country of Greece consists of 6,000 islands, but only 227 are inhabited. Nearly 80 percent of the country is hills and mountains. 
  • About four-fifths of the people live in urban areas in Greece, and almost everyone is literate.
  • Greece has three times the number of annual tourists (about 31 million) as residents. It is one of the most-visited countries.
  • Greece is the third-largest producer of peaches and the fifth-largest producer of olives in the world. 
  • In the past, most Greeks were farmers, and they ate the food that they grew. Since Greece had a mild climate, they could grow many different fruits and vegetables as long as they got enough rain. Vegetables were a considerable part of the Greek diet and still are. Most Greeks eat a Mediterranean diet that includes plenty of olive oil, legumes, fruits, veggies, grains, and fish. They generally consume less dairy and meat.
  • Greek cuisine includes "fasolada" (soup of white beans, olive oil, and veggies), "moussaka" (eggplant or potato dish with ground or minced meat), "souvlaki" (grilled meat on a skewer), and "gyros" (pita bread filled with meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, veggies, and tzatziki sauce). 

What's It Like to Be a Kid in Greece?

  • Greek kids have three stages of education: primary school for six years, gymnasium (junior high) for three years, and lyceum (senior high) for three years (this stage is not mandatory).
  • Kids may participate in sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, and handball. 
  • There are many museums and ancient sites to explore in Greece. Families love being outdoors and enjoy hiking and going to the many beaches. 
  • There are several different sweets that Greek children enjoy. These include "pasteli" (sesame seed candy), "bougatsa" and "galaktoboureko" (phyllo pastries filled with semolina custard), and "baklava" (nut-filled phyllo pastry soaked in a honey syrup).

Lettuce Joke Around

Why did the tomato blush? 

Because he saw the salad dressing!

Lettuce Joke Around

Why were mozzarella and feta holding hands?

They look gouda together!

Lettuce Joke Around

How do you fix a broken tomato? 

Tomato paste!

THYME for a Laugh

What did the frustrated cheese say?

I'm feta up!

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