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Tomato, Chickpea, and Feta Salad with Za’atar

by Joeann Gutowski - Thursday, September 4, 2014 Tomato, Chickpea, Feta

Joeann Gutowski, of our Fort Collins office shares an easy and delicious salad recipe that gets our taste buds yearning for the Mediterranean.

This is the time of year when Colorado gardens are producing a bounty of tomatoes. Not only is this recipe a good use of cherry tomatoes, but I love that the recipe is equally colorful, flavorful, and aromatic. Za’atar is a mixture of herbs and sesame seeds readily found at a specialty spice shop.

Ingredients:
1 lb of cherry or grape tomatoes halved
15 oz can of chickpeas rinsed and thoroughly drained, or freshly cooked chickpeas
1/2 c of feta cheese, crumbled
1 Tbsp of white wine vinegar
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp of za’atar
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

In a small bowl, combine the feta cheese, 1 Tbsp of the olive oil, za’atar, and red pepper flakes allowing the cheese to absorb the flavors while you prepare the other ingredients.

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, chickpeas, sea salt to taste, and a few grinds of the black pepper mill. Add the vinegar and the remaining 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Add the feta mixture and gently mix well. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled in a bowl or small platter.

If za’atar isn’t available in your area you can substitute equal portions of dried thyme, oregano, and marjoram for a nice flavor.

Bon Appetite!

Recipe adapted from Fine Gardening’s special issue for tomatoes.

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Joeann Gutowski - is the "Voice of Reason" or Business Manager at ExperiencePlus! She and her husband Bob look forward to any vacation that includes time on the bike and she also enjoy visiting museums. When not in the office she enjoys cycling, yoga, digging in the garden dirt, reading, and spending time with the family dog. Believe it or not she also finds chopping wood at their mountain camping spot to be a fun activity. You can email her at Joeann(at)ExperiencePlus.com.

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