|Summer Salad with Feta
5 medium or large ripe tomatoes cut into wedges (if large, the wedges should be cut crosswise in half), or 1 pint of cherry tomatoes cut in half
1/2 European cucumber cut in half lengthwise, seeded if desired, then sliced into half circles about 1/3-inch thick.
Sea salt or fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, or 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Toss together the tomatoes, cucumber, salt, pepper, vinegar, and olive oil. Add the feta and herbs, and toss again. Taste, adjust the seasonings, and serve.
Variations - Add any or all of the ingredients below:
1/2 small red onion, sliced and rinsed with cold water
12 to 18 imported Greek black olives, such as kalamata
1 small green, yellow, or red bell pepper
1 heart of romaine lettuce, cut in 2-inch pieces
A handful of cubed stale bread or croutons
You can assemble the salad hours before adding the seasonings, vinegar, and olive oil. Be warned: If you salt the salad too long before serving, it will become watery, as the salt draws out juices from the vegetables.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings