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Lettuce, Almond and Blue Cheese Salad

An On the Table Fast Salad!

An On the Table Fast Salad!

Another 4th of July favorite from Cooking Light July 2013. Very simple and appreciated by all! I used a spring mix of lettuce for my family and made it again tonight for Dave and I with the “live” bibb lettuce.

We tend to put together our lettuce salads on individual serving plates, which I prefer to bowls. Depending on the size of salad you like, layer the following:

Spring Mix Lettuce

Sliced Blanched Almonds

Blue Cheese (the quality makes all the difference. I used Kings Choice brand, purchased at Meijers. I find you need to use less of the more intense high quality cheese for the best flavor)

In a small bowl whisk together the marinade and then drizzle over about 4 salads:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon FRESH lemon juice or high quality white wine vinegar (I prefer the fresh lemon juice)

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Cucumber, Feta and Olive Salad

A Cool Refreshing Arab Style Salad

A Cool Refreshing Arab Style Salad

1 English cucumber, not peeled, but you may if you want. The skin is not waxed, so it is edible and colorful

1/2 cup Kalmata olives, pitted and quartered

8 oz package feta cheese, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces

Cut cucumber into quarters and remove seeds. Discard seeds. Cut cucumber into 1/2 inch chunks and place in a medium bowl.

Toss in olives and feta.

In a small bowl whisk together:

1/2 cup olive oil

2 Tablespoons good quality white wine vinegar or something fun like champagne balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 heaping teaspoon dried Mediterranean oregano

Fold marinade gently into cucumber mixture. Serve immediately or within a few hours. The feta cheese falls apart with time and with mixing. If you need to make this salad in advance, cut the feta into larger cubes or add marinade just before serving.

You may add grape or cherry tomatoes if you like. Halve the cherry tomatoes.