Recipe 3 in my Rotisserie Chicken Makeover series is amazingly simple and fresh. Using seasonal produce at the peak of ripeness is what makes this salad so awesome. I picked these organic tomatoes up from my local weekly market, the Altadena Farmer’s Market.
Farmer’s markets are overloaded with vine ripened tomatoes, bursting with juicy flavors ranging from sugary sweet to mouth puckeringly tart. This salad calls for large heirloom tomatoes, but do not hesitate to use smaller or even cherry tomatoes for this salad. What is important is the flavor you prefer.
Click here for the recipe for Rotisserie Chicken, Heirloom Tomato and Feta Salad.
Check out the other recipes in the Rotisserie Chicken Makeover
Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Red Pepper and Cucumbers
Pesto Chicken Lasagna Roll-ups
Feta Stuffed Lamb and Beef Burgers, sizzling on your grill or broiling in your oven. Can’t you just smell them and taste them?
The burgers are flavor bombs, the lamb and beef seasoned with complex shwarma seasoning, with the salty pop of feta cheese in the middle.
These burgers are a 50/50 blend of ground leg of lamb and grass fed organic ground beef. Unbeknownst to me, my grocery store had a special on ground lamb going, so they were sold out. But because they have real butchers onsite, one was kind enough to grind a nice piece of boneless leg of lamb for me. And it was on sale for the same price, so it was a total win!
You can use all lamb or all beef depending on your tastes. Just be sure to use a good Schwarma seasoning mix, such as Sadaf. The Mediterranean herb feta used in this recipe is commonly found in grocery stores, but if you can only find plain feta, then use that.
A refreshing salad is always a great meal choice when the heat is on outside. This salad is protein rich from the chickpeas and feta cheese, so it is ideal for a main dish.
I have wanted to make this for awhile, but was waiting for my cucumbers to ripen in my little garden. Problem was, every time I had a ripe one and picked it, the preschooler would eat it! I am so glad I have a four year old who loves fruits and vegetables, but her grandmother and I barely got a couple of slices of cucumber! The tomatoes did come from my plants, or I should say plant, since only one of them seems to be producing any fruit. I’ve got to work on my gardening skills, apparently. . .
The seed for this recipe came from my Weight Watchers leader Kathy. She make a version of a chickpea and feta salad that she loves. And when Kathy loves something, she really lets you know! I have been struggling lately with my weight loss journey, and writing a food and recipe blog does not help! But I go to Kathy’s Weight Watcher meetings and absorb her energy. I can vent when I have a bad week i.e. when I eat whatever the hell I want, and celebrate my weight losses when I have followed the program. Because if you follow the Weight Watchers program, you will lose weight! If you are kind of half assed about it, as I have been lately, you don’t. But now that I have outed myself to my readers, I guess I better get it together again and get back on the program.
If you are a Points Plus tracker, this salad is 4 points for 1/2 cup. If you would like to lower the points value, use less feta cheese or a reduced fat feta cheese, as that is where most of the points are.
*I used a crumbled feta from Trader Joe’s with Mediterranean Herbs, but plain feta is fine.
Cucumber, Chickpea, Tomato and Feta Salad
Seasonal summer vegetables and herbs tossed with protein rich chickpeas make a great side or main dish salad!
- 4 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 large cucumber, halved, seeded and diced
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 (6 ounce) container crumbled feta cheese with Mediterranean herbs
- 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, lightly chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon leaves, lightly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Place the tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas and feta cheese into a medium bowl.
In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, oregano, tarragon, salt and pepper until slightly emulsified and thickened. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to mix well. For maximum flavor, place the salad in the refrigerator for at least one hour for the flavors to meld.Serve as a side dish or main dish salad.
Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: Total time: 15 mins Yield: 4 cups