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Organic Summer Salad w/ Lemon Vinaigrette

In Food on August 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I made an All-Organic Summer Salad with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette that is just perfect for this time of year. This is really simple and easy. Older kids will love it and can help prepare. Tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and feta tossed with a quick lemon vinaigrette. I’m posting what I did, but because I don’t measure you won’t find how much I’ve used of any one ingredient. I use my senses- eye it, smell it and taste it as I go along. Helps the creative juices flow when preparing food (which I think is an art in itself) LOL 🙂

I used these organic cherry tomatoes (which are naturally sweet) along with small yellow and orange tomatoes. These different colors give a variety of flavor from sweet to not so sweet. I found them on sale in pint baskets at Whole Foods but you can probably get them at farmers markets too. My local grocery store only has the mini Roma tomatoes that are organic so I have to venture elsewhere to get them.
Cucumber – well, nothing surprising here…as I sliced it (about 1/4 inch thick) I also sliced it horizontally down middle so the slices were about comparable to the tomatoes.
Avocado – this texture and flavor was surprising. The mild creaminess mixed with the feta, tomatoes, tang of the dressing and crunchiness of the cucumbers was incredible. This was new for me to try in this kind of salad and I am glad I did.
Feta- well I added the crumbles to where I thought the ratio would be just right and not over powering.

Vinaigrette –
I started with some spices (21 Salute from Trader Joes, Mrs. dash or similar, ground mustard, dried minced onions, granulated garlic) and put those in the bottom of a small deep bowl. (Get your wisk!)
Then I used a very juicy lemon (had about a half and 1/3 left), squeezed everything out of it and even used some of the pulp in there.
Then I added some white wine vinegar and began to whisk it all together (and of course smell it too..the base smelled aromatic) I wanted this to be a more tangy and less oil based dressing. So I say go heavy on the lemon and vinegar and you can always add more oil if you want.
Then I added unfiltered organic extra virgin olive oil (I used the Braggs brand). This gave it a fantastic flavor and added more depth. Eye this one, whisk as you add and fast to see if you have the right ratio. This part is all about personal preference.
Add A pinch or two of salt- again whisk, taste and adjust.

Take the veggies and add them to another bowl that has room for you to incorporate…then spoon the vinaigrette over it and gently toss (I used a spoon). Place into bowls and sprinkle fresh cracked pepper over it and enjoy!!

(#organic #avocado #cucumber #feta #yellowtomatoes #cherrytomatoes #orangetomatoes – #freshsqueezedlemon juice #whitewinevinager #oliveoil #spices) #fresh #goodfood #foodie #salad

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