Greek salad with tahini dressing

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About this recipe: For a new twist on a traditional Greek salad, throw together ripe plum tomatoes, crisp veggies, feta cheese and Kalamata olives, then drizzle with a nutty tahini dressing and serve with seeded crusty bread. Delicious!

Jan Cutler

Ingredients
Serves: 4 

  • 200g feta cheese
  • 1 small cos lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cucumber, halved lengthways and sliced
  • 350g large plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 20 stoned Kalamata olives
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 large sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley

Method
Prep:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

  1. Remove the feta cheese from its pack, drain off any liquid and put into a small bowl of cold water. Leave to soak for a few minutes while preparing the rest of the salad (this will remove excess saltiness from the cheese).
  2. Divide the lettuce among four individual serving plates, then top with cucumber, tomato and red onion slices. Scatter with the olives.
  3. Whisk the oil, tahini, lemon juice and a little ground black pepper in a bowl or shake together in a screw-top jar. Scissor-snip the parsley into the dressing.
  4. Drain the feta cheese and crumble into small pieces. Scatter about two-thirds over the salads. Drizzle the dressing over the salads, then scatter with the remaining feta. Serve at room temperature.

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Tahini is a sesame seed paste that is used in Middle Eastern cookery. It has a good nutty flavour and is one of the essential ingredients in houmous.

In Greece, wild purslane, which has a mild taste and crunchy texture, is often used instead of cos lettuce. Rocket leaves, although more peppery in flavour, make another good substitute.

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