Mixed Salad with Tomato, Olive and Feta Cheese
Feta cheese is a great source of getting some protein and calcium into your system. It is a great source of protein for those who do not eat meat or fish.
As this cheese is quite salty, a little goes a long way, and it is one of the best ways of brightening an otherwise boring salad very easily. The recipe here feeds four easily, or can be served to six people as a side dish.
1 small head of lettuce chopped into chunks and washed thoroughly
2 tomato cut in quarters
1 onion, sliced thinly
1 green bell pepper, sliced thinly
A handful of olives, preferably black olives brined in water
2 teaspoons of crumbled feta cheese
For the Dressing:
2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
A big pinch of ground mustard
A big pinch of pepper
Salt to taste
Combine all ingredients of the dressing and whisk till they are mixed. Set aside. In a large bowl, put the lettuce leaves in, followed by the bell pepper, olives, tomatoes, onions, and stir together.
Add some of the dressing, and toss lightly, till the salad is coated with a bit of the dressing. If needed, add more dressing, and mix well. Sprinkle the feta cheese on top and serve.
The essential idea is to not mix in the cheese, but sprinkle it on top, which tricks the mind into thinking that you are eating a lot of cheese, while in reality the amount is quite low.
You can increase or decrease the amount of the cheese as per your discretion, and you can also substitute it with shaves of parmesan cheese or any other strongly flavored cheese.
For a more filling version, chopped pieces of cooked chicken, or a hard-boiled egg can be added to this.