Something New . . .

July 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm 3 comments

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Chopped Veggie Salad with Watermelon and Feta Cheese

OK, this is the picture from epicurious, I admit it. Mine didn’t look like this at all, the creaminess of the yogurt puree made mine a lot, well, creamier. This dish was really something different for me, and I loved it. I am in a serious cooking rut, some of you might be able to guess why, but this was a great step out for me. This is great for a party or to be eaten all in one day, I think, because you don’t want it hanging around too long. It got really watery and soggy, not as nice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Campari or plum tomatoes, diced, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups diced seeded watermelon
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1/3-inch cubes
  • 1/2 large English hothouse cucumber, seeded, cut into 1/3-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup very thinly sliced radishes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 10 ounces feta cheese, broken into small cubes (about 2 1/2 cups), divided
  • 2 green onions, chopped, divided
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves, divided
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt*
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • *A thick yogurt; sold at some supermarkets and at specialty foods stores (such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Markets) and Greek markets. If unavailable, place regular yogurt in cheesecloth-lined strainer set over large bowl. Cover and chill overnight to drain.
  • (I used Fage yogurt and it was delicious)

Preparation

Toss first 5 ingredients and 2 tablespoons oil in large bowl. Add half each of cheese, green onions, and mint. Mix remaining cheese, green onions, mint, and oil in processor; add yogurt and oregano. Process just to blend (do not over-mix or dressing will get thin). Season dressing with salt and pepper; mix into salad.

Ingredient tip: Campari tomatoes are about the size and shape of golf balls. They’re sold on the vine, and they’re available at many supermarkets. These tasted like in-season tomatoes when it is clearly not so. Love them!

Anyone else doing something new out there? I need inspiration, (and less-than-10 -ingredient recipes). Why?

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sister  |  July 8, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    who are those big boys???

    Reply
  • 2. Em  |  July 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    the boys look far more delicious than the salad, I have to admit…..

    Reply
  • 3. Party  |  July 10, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    I read too far. I was going to go for the (liquid) pound of Campari and skip the tomatoes! Sounds delish, even without using tomatoes. And those boys…..yummy

    Reply

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