Crowd-Pleasing Mediterranean Salad

An all-star, easy-to-follow Mediterranean Salad recipe that is loaded with fresh vibrant flavors of sun-dried tomatoes, bell peppers, chickpeas, feta cheese and tangerine.
By Joana Oliveira

Crowd-Pleasing Mediterranean Salad

Got a crowd coming over? This big-batch salad makes a great starter or an accompaniment to any main dish you prepare.

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This mediterranean salad is loaded with fresh vibrant flavors of sun-dried tomatoes, bell peppers, chickpeas, feta cheese and tangerine. All this on a bed of salad greens and drizzled with a tangy tapenade (a popular french dip with olives and capers) and citrus dressing.

Crowd-Pleasing Mediterranean Salad

 

Crowd-Pleasing Mediterranean Salad
 
A crowd-pleasing salad featuring fresh vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean. Tomatoes, feta, peppers, olives and greens drizzled with a tangy dressing.
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Recipe Type: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 6
Ingredients
For the Salad
  • Mixed greens (lettuce, arugula, watercress)
  • 1 roasted or sautéed red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 roasted or sautéed green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • Handful (8) sun-dried tomatoes,
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas (for crunchiness, sautée in a non-stick pan for 5 minutes or until golden)
  • 1 tangerine (or clementine), peeled and split into segments
  • Small handful sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)
For the Tapenade Dressing
  • 1 cup black or kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp tangerine (or clementine) zest
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. For the dessing, place the olives, capers, olive oil, lemon juice and water in a blender or food processor and blend until it turns into a soft paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk together until emulsified. Set aside.
  2. Place a generous portion of greens in a big bowl and add all the other ingredients. Just before you are ready to serve, toss the salad with the tapenade dressing.
 

 

 

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