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Greek Chopped Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

I call this salad “Greek” only because this is what I envision being served if I ever visit Greece, a country I’ve wanted to visit for decades. It’s the generous addition of fresh herbs--dill works particularly well with parsley or mint--and the feta that invoke my need to hop on the next flight to the Mediterranean.
This salad can be made a few hours in advance and still keep its crunch, but hold off on adding the herbs until the last few minutes so they keep their color.  Served alongside grilled chicken or shrimp or as a simple salad for lunch, I find myself craving this combination all day long.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups diced seedless cucumbers (about 2 English cucumbers or 3 to 4 Persian cucumbers)
  • 3 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup fresh herbs (such as parsley, dill, and/or mint)
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup), optional

Instructions
 

  • Put the cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion in a bowl along with a pinch of salt.
  • Chop the herbs coarsely and add to the bowl.
  • To make the vinaigrette, place the vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper in a jar. Cap the jar and give it a good shake. Add the oil and give it another shake to combine.  Alternately, whisk the ingredients together in a bowl. 
  • To finish the salad, add the vinaigrette to the bowl and stir. Taste, adding lemon juice if desired and more seasoning if needed.  Sprinkle the cheese over the top or serve on the side.
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