Mediterranean Tomato-Feta Salad is a deliciously flavor packed tomato salad, made with fresh herbs, feta cheese and a citrusy dressing.
This tomato-feta salad can be served as an entire meal in itself or as a side to your lunch or dinner menu.
Do you love tomatoes?
If you do, then this is a perfect salad to try out this summer.
The weather is getting warmer, which means fresh ripe juicy tomatoes are in plenty.Be it from your own little kitchen garden or store bought, no better time than during these hot months, to use tomatoes in our menu. Fragrant, plump, juicy tomatoes can’t be beat! You can them fresh or add them in your salads, they taste great either way.
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What goes into making this Tomato- Feta salad?
For our Tomato -Feta salad, I used homegrown Roma tomatoes. You are welcome to use any tomato of your choice.Heirloom tomatoes or Tomatoes on the vine, also taste great in this recipe.
Depending on the amount of salad you can use 6-8 ripe, fragrant and juicy tomatoes.
Parsley and Dill are commonly used herbs in any Mediterranean salad. But if you find the taste too strong, you may substitute with fresh mint or basil.
For this recipe, I used almost a cupful of each herb-parsley, dill and mint.
Red onion always add flavor to the salad.Cut them in thin slices, preferably half-moon shaped for that crunchy bite amidst the softer texture of tomatoes.With a citrusy dressing, it is a win-win.
The flavor induced by minced garlic in any recipe cannot be missed, so it is with this Tomato-Feta salad recipe.Adding 2-3 garlic cloves minced fine, adds to the flavor.
To give it a Mediterranean flavor, a big dash of sumac is added to the seasoning. This gives the salad a tangy taste.
The citrusy dressing is made with the juice of 1 whole lemon and the addition of 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar.Not only does this citrusy dressing add brightness to the salad , it helps in taming the pungent taste of the onions in the salad.
To the above is added 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil.
If you brought home Feta blocks. then dice them into a 1/2 to 3/4 dice, crumbling it as little as possible. Sprinkle it on top .If you got crumbled feta, then gently fold it into the salad and serve at room temperature.
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How to make Mediterranean Tomato-Feta salad
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the tomato wedges, thinly sliced onion, minced garlic and finely chopped fresh herbs.
- Next season the above with kosher salt, black pepper and 2 teaspoons sumac.
- Now add the citrusy dressing, which contains the juice of 1 lemon, 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar and 1/3 cup of extra-virgin oil, on top of the salad. Give the salad a good toss to combine.
- Transfer to your salad bowl and add the feta blocks last before serving.This prevents the salad from tasting too salty with the addition of feta.
- Let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before you serve. this ensures a tasty well marinated tomato salad.
Mediterranean Tomato-Feta Salad Recipe
- Amount Per ServingCalories910
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 75g 116%
- Saturated Fat 10g 50%
- Sodium 104mg 5%
- Potassium 2789mg 80%
- Total Carbohydrate 61g 21%
- Dietary Fiber 19g 76%
- Sugars 27g
- Protein 13g 26%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
How to ensure that this salad is a success?
The success of this Mediterranean Tomato -Feta salad depends solely on the star ingredient here, the tomatoes.
Make sure you use ripe tomatoes that are firm to touch, yet have a slight give to them.Overripe tomatoes don’t retain their shape and make the salad too watery.
If using homegrown tomatoes, like I did, you can take them fresh pff the vine and add it to your recipe. But, if you are at your local farmer’s market choosing tomatoes, then remember:
- Avoid buying refrigerated tomatoes, as their skin peels off very easily when you are trying to cut them .Moreover, in the refrigerator, tomatoes stop ripening.
- Look for tomatoes that have soft skin with no cracks in them.The skin should feel firm with a little give when you touch it.
- If you can, try to smell the tomatoes where the stem was attached, it should smell sweet, if you picked the right tomato.
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Is feta cheese in salad healthy?
Compared to other cheeses, it’s low in calories and fat. It also contains a high amount of B vitamins, phosphorus and calcium, which can benefit bone health. Additionally, feta contains beneficial bacteria and fatty acids.
What do you eat with feta?
Feta Crumbles are so versatile that you can use them to garnish pasta, watermelon, grapes, nuts, chickpeas, potatoes, salads, pizza, or eggs. It’s the perfect tangy touch to elevate any dish.
What goes with this Tomato Salad?
Is feta cheese the healthiest cheese?
Although feta is higher in sodium than other cheeses, it is lower in calories. Feta is a very nutritious cheese, with 100 g providing 337 mg of phosphorus, which is half of the 700 mg daily recommendation for adults of both sexes. Phosphorus and calcium are both important for bone and dental health.
How long does feta cheese last in the refrigerator?
|Feta block in brine (unopened)||Sell-by + 2 – 4 weeks|
|Crumbled feta (unopened)||Sell-by + 1 week|
|Feta leftovers (without brine)||5 – 7 days|
|Feta leftovers (submerged in brine)||4 weeks|
The Bottom Line
Did you enjoy making our Mediterranean Tomato-Feta Salad? If not, do give it a try. It is a quick and easy recipe to fix in a jiffy.
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