Sunday, August 5, 2018

Recipe #121: Nectarine, Tomato & Feta Salad with Cucumber, Kalamata Olives and Peppers

When going over my thoughts regarding a fresh summer salad a few weeks ago, I was perusing the aisles in the produce section of my local grocery store and stopped at the peaches, nectarines and plums.  I didn't want it to be totally sweet like a typical fruit salad, but I was rather tired of my day-after-day green salads.  Personally, I have never cared for plums, and if I had to pick between a peach and a nectarine, I would always choose the latter and perhaps it's because I like the skin better on a nectarine.  Okay, but enough of that because we're getting away from purpose of the salad.  I thought one sweet element among a few savories would blend well, hence the salad I came up with below.  I know this may sound like an odd combination, and I have to be honest, up until the time that I actually tried it did I think it would work, but alas, I would make it again in a heartbeat.  My guests that I coerced (well, they thought the concept was interesting) into trying this also gave it a hearty thumbs up.  The dressing is nice as it's made with a more calming rice vinegar.  Now's lets prep and mix...

3 ripe nectarines, cut into slices, then halved       3 tomatoes cut into chunks (I used halved cherry
1 English cucumber cut into 1/2" chunks                      tomatoes from my garden
4 oz. crumbled Greek feta (I used a nice              2 scallions including tops, sliced thin
    tomato basil flavor                                            1 green pepper, sliced thin, then cut in half
4 oz. Kalamata olives, halved

Rice Wine Vinaigrette

1/3 cup olive oil                                                    4 tbsp. rice vinegar
1/8 tsp. salt                                                            1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1-2 tsp. honey depending on you taste

Gently toss all salad ingredients in a large bowl and when mixed arrange on a nice platter.  Put all vinaigrette ingredients in a jar with lid or a small bowl and either shake or whisk to mix.  Spoon vinaigrette over salad.  Bon appetit!



 

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