Fresh Tomato and Feta Salad
I’m on a fresh kick right now. It happens from time to time when I’ve been eating a lot of high calorie or decadent foods…and I really have. Like this Banana Split Brioche French Toast Stack, and this Salted Caramel Sauce that I am putting on absolutely EVERYTHING, including this Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Filled Flour-less Chocolate Roulade. NOW you see why I need something fresh in my life? This Kale Waldorf Salad helped but I’m big on having balance in your life and the things I put in my mouth are very high on that list so I made this Fresh Tomato and Feta Salad.
I got my inspiration from a Whipped Feta and Tomato Crostini I made a while back from Ina Garten’s Foolproof cookbook but I left off the heavier cream cheese and the french bread. I also didn’t use any garlic in this recipe. I’m really happy with this way this turned out. It was fresh and light and exactly what I needed.
It’s also really simple and takes only minutes to put together so it’s perfect for a light lunch or snack or a side for dinner. It’s beautifully red and green too so it would be nice for Valentine’s dinner.
A Few Things…
- If making this in advance tomatoes can be marinated in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar for stronger flavor.
- Most of this recipe is really just to taste. I love lots of feta and no salt since the feta is slightly salty. My husband doesn’t love basil but I do. I’ll list the ingredients and you choose your amounts based on your taste.
- To toast your pine nuts add them to a sauce pan on do it on the stove. You’re much less likely to burn them that way.
- 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 2 cups mixed cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar
- 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tablespoons feta, crumbled (or to taste)
- 4 tablespoons basil, small leaves, julienned or torn into small pieces
- salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
- In a small bowl toss tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic until coated evenly.
- Arrange in two serving dishes and sprinkle each with half the feta, half the toasted pine nuts and half the basil.
- Salt and pepper to taste and serve.
What’s your favorite make at home Valentine’s Day meal? Are you going out or making something special at home? Maybe it’s GALentines Day with your besties? Whatever you choose, have an awesome day!