Tomato Basil Feta Salad

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Basil & Tomato

Basil must be having a great year!  Each week, our CSA boxes  are graced with an abundance of its savory, green presence.  And despite having a family of pesto lovers, I am having trouble keeping up.  My kids are begging for “plain ol’ spagetti with tomato sauce,” so I needed a solution…fast!

And so I pulled together a new salad, Tomato Basil Feta Salad, that reduces the basil stores and gets ready for the onslaught of tomatoes about to begin.

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Here is the recipe:

Tomato Basil Feta Salad

4 servings

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 large tomatoes, cubed with peel on
  • 6-8 (depending on size) scallions, sliced (use red, if available)
  • 1/4 lb feta cheese, cubed
  • 3 T snipped fresh basil

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T white wine vinegar
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 t oregano
  • 1/4 – 1/2 t black pepper
  • 1/4 t salt (optional)

Directions

1)  Mix dressing ingredients, beating with fork to emulsify.

2)  Mix snipped basil, tomato cubes, feta cubes and sliced scallions.

3)  Toss salad with dressing.

Tomato Basil Feta Salad

My middle daughter won’t touch tomatoes, but dug right in.  There was a lot of juice left in the empty bowl, so I put it to my lips and finished off the tasty liquid (Moms–don’t let your kids see you do this).  I guess we’ll make this one again…

14 Comments

  1. We love basil too, but I went a little overboard this year with my planting. I planted TEN containers of it and it just doesn’t seem to stop growing. This recipe looks like a wonderful way to use it.

  2. So summery! This looks delicious!

  3. Mmmm, this kind of recipe is proof that cooking is magic. A couple simple ingredients and abracadabra, an amazing dish! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m enjoying yours!

  4. You can’t beat a simple summer salad like this! Especially if you can get tomatoes right from the garden. Nice vinaigrette too.

    • It’s amazing how much the seasons influence cooking once you are into that. Very natural, though–this spring, my kids swore off the apples and carrots that carried them through winter lunches and now it’s plums & pea pods for camp. But by fall, I know they’ll love them again!

  5. My basil is growing like crazy this year and I an looking for recipes; I am saving this one waiting for the tomatoes to ripen.
    Rita

  6. In anxious anticipation for summer and sunny days, I found myself researching summer recipes this morning. I’m book marking this one to try, because tomato and basil is one of my all time combination of flavors, and this sounds and looks amazing. Thanks for the great recipe!

  7. This salad looks so refreshing and delicious! I love how simply it comes together but yet each component has such complex flavors.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up :)

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