The Easter Collection
How you doin’? I try to serve a dinner salad most nights. No matter what else I’m cooking I always feel fresh salads add a dash of healthful freshness. But then, I’m the guy who used to eat a box of oatmeal cookies to make me feel good—it was just oatmeal, right?
This Mediterranean Marinated Vegetable Salad makes an Easter statement with big, bold, fresh flavors and distinctive textures. You can substitute the white wine vinegar with red wine vinegar or add a dash of balsamic. You can serve it as a starter salad, side salad or an entrée salad. It will keep well for a couple of days refrigerated. Top this salad with traditional feta cheese crumbles or even bleu cheese crumbles right before serving.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Marinate time: 30 minutes or overnight
Yield: 6 servings
For the dressing
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chiffonade cut
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon medium red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
For the salad
1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup lightly blanched broccoli florets
1/2 cup red onion strings
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup whole cherry tomatoes
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1/4 diced cucumber
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
6 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
ChefSecrets: I like to use dried herbs in marinades; they can stand the test of time and sit a while. Dried herbs won't turn color or turn gray as their flavors infuse into the marinade. I prefer to balance harder vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower, with softer ones like peppers and tomatoes so their textures are in sync with the rest of the salad.
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