Monday, July 04, 2005

Fourth of July Salad

















Six Degrees is the theory that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. You may remember a few years back there was both a movie based on it and a popular trivia game based on it called the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon". At this point I imagine you thinking what does this have to do with salad or the Fourth of July?
Well, here goes:

Fourth of July
Independence Day
Democracy
Greece
Greek Salad
Greek Inspired Salad

So there you have it, my salad is connected to the Fourth of July by six degrees of separation! While I am making this salad for a potluck (see the last post) I think with the beans and cheese it would make a nice light dinner with some fresh pita or French bread. Perfect Summer fare.

Note: Using a mandolin if you have one will make all the slicing a breeze

Greek Inspired Salad
makes enough for a big potluck!

Ingredients

4 cups garbanzo beans (about 2 1/2 14 oz cans)
2 bunches flat leaf parsley, about 1 c coarsely chopped
1-2 large English (hothouse) cucumbers, sliced
1 bunch radishes, about 1 c sliced
3/4 lb feta cheese, crumbled
juice of 1 1/2 lemons
1/4 cups olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

Rinse and drain the garbanzo beans well. Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise then slice into half moon slices, you should end up with about 4 cups total. Slice the radishes thinly, Add the beans to a bowl with the chopped parsley, rashishes and cucumber. Add the lemon juice and the olive oil. Sprinkle on the crumbled feta cheese. Because the feta is salty, taste before seasoning the salad with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!