Warm tomato-feta salad

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PREP TIME

15 min

Makes

4 to 6 servings

* PLUS Barbecuing Time: 10 minutes
Warm tomato-feta salad

Roberto Caruso


Ingredients

  • 8 whole tomatoes , ripe but firm
  • 1 to 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 2 whole green onions , thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • generous pinch salt
  • generous pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil , optional

Instructions

  • Preheat barbecue and lightly oil grill. Place whole tomatoes on grill. Do not core tomatoes. Brush lightly on all sides with 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 mL) olive oil and turn frequently until tomato skins are lightly charred, from 10 to 12 minutes. Skins will break during barbecuing but tomatoes will not be mushy.
  • While tomatoes are being barbecued, shred lettuce and place on a serving platter or in a bowl. Evenly sprinkle with sliced green onions. Then, in a small bowl, using a small whisk or fork, whisk 1/3 cup (75 mL) olive oil with vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Set aside and let flavors meld until ready to use.
  • When tomatoes are hot, remove to a cutting board. Core, then coarsely chop or cut into wedges. Scatter over lettuce. Immediately sprinkle crumbled feta over warm tomatoes. Then drizzle with olive oil mixture. Sprinkle with fresh basil. Toss and serve immediately with thick slices of whole grain bread.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 235,
  • Protein
  • 5.8 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.5 g,
  • Fat
  • 19.1 g,
  • Fibre
  • 3.5 g,
  • Sodium
  • 251 mg.

If you like Greek salad, you’ll adore this version in which warm barbecued tomatoes slightly melt the feta. It makes a stylish vegetarian entrée.