My Feta & Olive Salad

I think salads are a little overlooked on this site. I never think to add them as I assume most people can make them. I was proven wrong recently when I went for dinner at a friend’s house. The revolting mismatch of vegetable he served up, slathered in a Paul Newman salad dressing made me retch just looking at it. So, for those too ashamed to admit they can’t even ‘cook salad’ here’s one I make all the time. It’s especially delicious with lamb and chicken.

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups roughly torn iceberg lettuce
1 small cucumber (peeled, seeded and diced)
1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
100g bulgarian feta
1/3 cup black kalamata olives (pitted and halved)
1/2 small red onion (thinly sliced)
1/4 cup pine nuts (dry roasted in a pan)
2 tablespoons fresh mint (very finely chopped)
1/2 lime (juice of)
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper
sweet paprika

DIRECTIONS:
Arrange the lettuce in one layer on a large patter. Evenly sprinkle the cucumber, then tomato. Crumble over the feta then arrange the olives and red onion. Sprinkle over the pine nuts and then the mint.

Just before serving, drizzle over the lime juice then olive oil and season with a little salt & pepper. Finally dust the top of the salad with a little paprika.

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