California Central Coast Recipes

Greek Salad-A Spinach and Feta Salad

We've got an easy Greek Salad recipe for you that you can throw together in just a few minutes. With its Feta cheese, sweet white onion, Kalamata olives and homemade red wine vinaigrette -and a loaf of crusty bread -on some hot nights, it's almost a meal in itself! And the neat thing about this salad, with spinach available year round, you can enjoy this salad almost anytime. If you have the choice, buy the chunk Feta rather than the crumbled. The whole chunk stays more fresh and moist than the crumbled style. 2017, Greek Salad-A Spinach and Feta Salad
Preparation time: 15 minutes
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4 to 5 ounces fresh Spinach leaves , washed and stems removed
4 ounces Chunk Feta Cheese , crumbled into small bite-sized pieces
1/2 large Sweet White Onion , peeled and sliced into very thin slices
15 large Kalamata olives , pitted and halved

The Red Wine Vinaigrette
1/3 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive oil
1/8 teaspoons salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoons Dried oregano
Several grinds black pepper
1 Medium clove garlic peeled and crushed

Preparation Directions.

1 To make the vinaigrette, add the vinaigrette ingredients red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, dried oregano, cracked pepper and garlic if you're using it to a glass measuring cup or bowl.

2 With a fork or small whisk, beat the ingredients together to meld well. Correct seasonings to personal taste. Set aside until later.

3 In a large salad bowl, add the spinach leaves.

4 Separate the onion slice segments into individual strands and add to the spinach, distributing well.

5 Add the Kalamata olives to the mixture, distributing well.

6 Toss the salad mixture well.

7 Sprinkle the crumbled Feta cheese over the spinach mixture and toss carefully to distribute evenly throughout the salad.

8 Whip the vinaigrette well and drizzle over the salad. When half of the vinaigrette has been added, toss well and check salad leaves for moisture. Add more vinaigrette if needed and toss well. Correct the seasonings if needed.

9 Serve family style at the table, or on individual plates.

10 Serve with some crusty bread and enjoy.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

A white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc or a Chardonnay goes well.

A tip from Sue!

Save those Parmesan cheese rinds!

Save those Parmesan cheese rinds when you get through with a brick of Parmesan cheese! They can be used to flavor soups deliciously. Store them in the freezer in a plastic bag, and use as needed.

The Parmesan rinds give unbelievable flavor and soul to soups and will turn a bowl of soup into an "entree" worthy of any guest. I generally use about two ounces of Parmesan cheese rinds to a stockpot of soup. Add them in after you've added the liquid and let them cook along with the rest of your soup's ingredients. You won't be sorry!

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