MEDITERRANEAN CHOPPED SALAD

Serves 4 as a light entrée and 6 as a side dish.   Published July 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.

For information on how to prepare the cucumbers, see “Seeding and Chopping Cucumbers," below.

INGREDIENTS

1 medium cucumber , peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1 1/4 cups)
1 pint grape tomatoes , quartered (about 1 1/2 cups)
Table salt
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 medium garlic clove , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 teaspoon)
1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas , drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
1/2 small minced red onion (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
1 romaine heart , cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
4 ounces feta cheese , crumbled (about 1 cup)
Ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 1. Combine cucumber, tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon salt in colander set over bowl and let stand 15 minutes.

  2. 2. Whisk oil, vinegar, and garlic together in large bowl. Add drained cucumber and tomatoes, chickpeas, olives, onion, and parsley; toss and let stand at room temperature to blend flavors, 5 minutes.

  3. 3. Add romaine and feta; toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

TECHNIQUE

Seeding and Chopping Cucumbers

1. Peel cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, and scoop out seeds with spoon.

2. Cut each half crosswise into 2- or 3-inch pieces.

3. Place each piece cut-side up on cutting board; slice lengthwise into even batons.

4. Cut batons crosswise into even dice.