Everyday Mom's Meals: He Loves Him Some Feta

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

He Loves Him Some Feta

We've talked before about how lucky I am to have a kid who will pretty much anything and everything; and when I say everything, I mean e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. For those of you who might not know, my almost 10 year old will eat sushi, calamari, spinach, Brussels sprouts....just to name a few. If you have a picky eater in your house, I know you are about ready to smack me at this point. But I'm not bragging. I'm simply telling this, so I can lead into this. My kid has a cheese fetish. All cheese. Any cheese. And right now, his obsession is feta. Yep, that briny, salty, a little on the stinky, Greek cheese is one of his favorites, so it's my job to find ways for him to enjoy it.

Are you still enjoying a bounty from your summer garden? Cucumbers and tomatoes perhaps? If so, you're going to be so happy you logged on today. This is so delicious though, even if you have to go to the store for the ingredients, it's totally worth it!

I love finding different ways to serve cucumber salad. They can be so versatile and quick when you need a side dish on the table and have no time. This one have a great Greek twist with the feta cheese and homemade dressing. If you have some kalamata olives on hand, they would be perfect in this. I just happened to have the regular variety in the cupboard, so that's what I used.

Planning a Labor Day cookout or barbecue? Maybe have to take a dish with you to one. This would be perfect. Everything loves a good, refreshing cucumber salad, but this one is just unique enough to have them coming back for more, just like my little feta fiend did! Again...and again!!

Greek Cucumber Salad
2 large cucumbers, seeded and diced
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 (2.25 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained
1 (5 oz.) container feta cheese crumbles, a few reserved
1/4 c. olive oil
1/8 c. red wine vinegar
3/4 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. Greek seasoning
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large bowl combine cucumbers, tomatoes, olives and cheese. Toss to combine. In a small bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, oregano, dill weed, Greek seasoning, parsley, salt and pepper. Pour over cucumber mixture. Toss to coat. Chill at least an hour before serving. Garnish with extra feta crumbles.

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