A Quintessential Summer Recipe: Shepherd’s Salad
Summertime is an ideal time to dive into the world of cuisine, and Shepherd’s Salad is the perfect dish to savor during the season. This delectable salad is a mix of savory, sweet, and crunchy flavors that make it a hit with any age. The combination of ingredients create a truly unique dish that reflects cultural influences and eccentrically unusual ingredients to make for a scrumptious feast.
- 1 head Romaine lettuce, finely chopped
- ½ cup cooked orzo pasta
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- ¼ cup chopped kalamata olives
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, orzo, tomato, chickpeas, feta cheese, red onion, and olives.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
- Serve immediately.
Inspired by traditional Greek cuisine with fresh vegetables and lovely sundried tomatoes, this tasty salad is sure to be a hit with all your friends and family. A simple, yet distinct combination of flavors make for an exciting entrée that is easy to prepare and customize with whatever ingredients you like. The kalamata olives, feta, and oregano combine superlatively to make an astonishingly flavorful dish.
Although this version of the Shepherd’s salad is a classic and a great way to get creative with your kitchen staples, you can explore different ingredients to find what works best for you. Try adding some chopped cucumber and roasted pine nuts for a different, subtle crunch. You can also vary the dressing if you’re feeling adventurous—mix in some lemon juice or minced garlic for a tasty twist on the traditional herb-based dressing.
Shepherd’s Salad is a unique version of the classic Greek salad, and an ideal way to impress your family and friends. With simple ingredients, this tantalizing dish can be whipped up in no time and best enjoyed as a light lunch, or as a side to your main meal. Inspire your culinary creativity this summer with a beautiful bowl of Shepherd’s Salad!