Cucumber, Chic Pea, & Feta Salad November 10 2016

This is one of my simple favorites to toss together when I want a nice refreshing side dish. I threw it together based on what I had on hand at the moment.

First, I make a vinaigrette that I mix into it once it's all together. Honestly, I just add it all together without measuring and taste it as I add to it, but I can approximate about how much I use.

Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • Approx. 1 Tbsp. of finely diced shallot
  • 1 tsp finely diced garlic
  • Approx. 2-3 Tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 2-3 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1/4 tsp pink sea salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Fresh juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (sometimes I'll use Garlic or Pomegranate flavor)
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp natural honey

For the salad itself, you'll need:

  • 1 can rinsed chic peas
  • 3 cucumbers peeled and sliced with seeds removed
  • 1/2 purple onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 low fat feta cheese
  • 1/4 tsp pink sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 1-2 tsp dill

Once you get the salad together, I slowly drizzle some of the vinaigrette over the top and then gently mix it up. Tasting it as I add and mix to see if it needs more or not. Add a little at a time because once you add too much, you can't take it out. Add enough vinaigrette to your desired taste. You will have some left over vinaigrette, which I always set aside and use for salads for the remainder of the week. You can also add this cucumber salad atop some greens with some protein and you've got a quick salad.

With the salad, depending on the size of the cucumbers you use, you may want to add more or less chic peas, feta, or onions. Adding tomatoes to this is also very good, but I didn't have any at the time. It's definitely better once you let it marinate a little while in the vinaigrette, about an hour or two. After about 2-3 days it starts to soften as the acids begin to break it down. You can also vary the beans, cheese, or add-ins to switch it up a little if you like. Adding some fresh herbs is great as well. Enjoy!