A salad without the lettuce

Posted on 18. Oct, 2010 by in Uncategorized

I ask my 9 year old son what is his favorite salad that I make and he anwsers “the salad without the leaves in it mom”.  He wants just the big chunks.  We had a few of his friends over for dinner, perfect time to make it except for the fact that I had just picked up the most beautiful head of romaine.  This romaine had the perfectly long leaves all of which looked like the few inside choice leaves.  I had to use it somehow and this is what I came up with.

Peel two cucumbers then slice them down the centerline lengthwise and then cut the halves into quarters.  With four long cucumber sticks cut off the seeded side and dice into 3/4 inch cubes.  Cut cherry tomatoes in half.  Dice about 1/4 of a red onion and toss everything in a bowl.  Add lots of pitted kalamata olives cut in half and crumbled goat milk feta.  Sprinkle with good sea salt, a bit of dry dill then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Let the salad sit 10 minutes or so to absorb the flavors.

Place the chunky salad in a large bowl and put the cleaned and trimmed romaine spears all around the edges pointing upward.  Hooray!  The kids saw the idea instantly.  Salad on a boat!!   They scooped up the chunks and put them on the long leaves and ate it their favorite way of all- with their hands!

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