I love salads and vinaigrettes. I recently found a really delicious herbed feta that I wanted to try in a light and colorful tossed salad. Since it was an herbed feta, I knew the salad would have to be light and not over powering. I wanted a dressing that could complement the salad and feta, but not compete with it or overpower it. I started with a balsamic vinaigrette but flavored the dressing with a little Italian seasoning. The Italian seasoning perfectly set the dressing off, it helped to lighten the rich flavor of the balsamic so that it complemented the salad. The baby lettuce is my absolute favorite greens for a salad. They are light and tender, and have more flavor than the regular head lettuce. You can also add any of your other favorite vegetables to this salad. Add chopped mushrooms, or some chopped summer squash for a little more color. Give this delicious Mediterranean inspired salad a try for a light and refreshing lunch on these beautiful spring days.
- 2 cups mixed baby lettuce
- 1/2 cup cucumber chopped
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
- 1/4 cup herbed feta chopped or crumbled
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- salt & pepper to taste
In a small bowl or jar with lid, mix together the vinaigrette ingredients. Set aside.
Evenly divide the lettuce onto two plates.
Top with the cucumber, tomatoes and feta.
Drizzle on the dressing and serve.
Entire recipe makes 2 servings
Serving size is about 2 cups
Each serving = 3 Smart Points/2 Points
PER SERVING: 74 calories; 4g fat; 3g saturated fat; 5g carbohydrates; 4g sugar; 3g protein; 1g fiber