A delicious yet simple herbed tomato and feta salad
I dare say, I might like this dish better than a village (Greek) salad. Shocking, I know. This is inspired by the Panir Salad at Nora Dallas on Greenville Avenue, where I did food research before Disney Dinners: Aladdin. I have no idea how they make their Panir Salad but mine is comprised of thick tomato slices, creamy feta cubes, fresh dill, fresh mint, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and red wine vinegar. So simple and so satisfying.
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The quality of ingredients is always important but even more so when you have so few in a dish. I drove to my beloved Central Market to get Bulgarian feta for this dish. Now technically, feta is only feta if it’s made in Greece. Otherwise it’s feta-style cheese. The Bulgarian feta-style cheese is life changing. I wasn’t sure my guests would notice but they all raved about the unbelievably creamy cheese. If you can’t find Bulgarian feta where you are, just promise me you’ll ask the cheese monger for the highest quality feta!
This was actually one of the first dishes I came up with for Disney Dinners and I’ve been making it for months and months. I’ve been bouncing off the walls to share it with you! If you’ve never had mint with tomatoes before, you’re in for a treat. I hope you love this as much as I do!
Also, for heaven’s sake, don’t measure when you’re making a salad like this. I used to be so torn about posting salad recipes because I never measure. Finally last year my mom said, “If you don’t measure, your readers don’t need to measure. ROLL WITH THAT!” So here we are, rolling with that. Cut a tomato per person, 2 oz of feta (not that I would measure that either), grind some black pepper over it to your liking, drizzle EVOO in an S shape over the top, shake a sparing amount of red wine vinegar over it, and top with an obscene amount of dill and mint. That’s it!
Note: this recipe was tripled for Disney Dinners.
2 oz feta cheese
Red wine vinegar
- Wash tomatoes and pat dry. Slice tomatoes into thick slices and fan out on serving plate.
- Cut feta into thick cubes and sprinkle amongst tomato slices. Grind black pepper over tomatoes and feta. Drizzle with olive oil and a bit of red wine vinegar.
- Finely chop dill and sprinkle on top of salad. Tear mint into large pieces and sprinkle on salad.
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