Tuesday, July 26, 2011

cherry tomato, cucumber and feta salad.

matt and i hosted friends over for dinner on sunday night, and since it was still unbelievably hot here in northern virginia i tried to make dishes that required as little cooking as possible.  this great side required minimum prep time and was very light and refreshing, perfect for a hot night. i will without a doubt be making this again and again through out the rest of the summer. enjoy!
about a pint of halved or quartered cherry tomatoes
1 medium cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded, and diced to about 1/2-inch
1/2 of a medium red onion, diced
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp  red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste

1. Combine cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, basil and feta cheese.  Toss to mix.
2. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, sugar, pepper and salt in  small bowl.  Taste dressing and adjust seasonings if necessary.
3. Drizzle dressing over salad, whisking as you go.  Toss salad to coat evenly with dressing. Taste and adjust seasonings.  Serve immediately, or can allow to sit for the cucumbers to soften and the flavors to blend.

Serves: 6

*Recipe adapted from Local Kitchen images captured by caitlin.marie

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