Is anyone else feeling the need for at least three more (unscheduled) hours daily this December?😨
Some of my favorite meals are born of spontaneity and pulling whatever needs to be used from the fridge or pantry. Frequently these meals start with an ingredient or two that leads to a flavor or "theme," like this Italian Salad.
I call it a salad, but this mix (minus the greens) is amazing over lentils or white beans, addicting as a dip with pita chips, and would pair well with a protein. Plus the colors are festive - a holiday bonus!
This is yet another versatile dish that I recommend making to taste based on the ingredients you have or want to buy. As most of these ingredients are flavorful and rich, keep the bulk of the dish tomatoes and peppers to balance flavor and keep it veggie-heavy.
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Red peppers, roasted*
Marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
Oil from artichokes
Olives, or an olive tapenade (I had one from @traderjoes)
Red onions, thinly sliced
Feta (pastures of Eden @traderjoes - the best!)
Red wine vinegar
Greens (I used an @yourtaylorfarms super greens mix with beet greens, spinach, etc)
Pita Chips (@stacys)
Add all the ingredients, then adjust oil, vinegar, herbs, and pepper to taste. You want extra liquid as this works great as a dressing if needed. I would suggest adding the onions to the bottom and letting them sit in the oil and vinegar to mellow their flavor before mixing.
Flavorful ingredient alternates/additions: Romaine (I was out!), pepperoncini, provolone, mozzarella, salami, basil, ... . *You can buy roasted peppers, but I make my own by charring them over a gas flame, wrapping them in a plastic bag to sweat, them peeling off the skin.