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    Easy Tomato, Red Onion, and Kalamata Olive Summer Salad

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    45 mins

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    Feast Your Eyes!'s Note:

    This refreshingly-light summer salad is my absolute favorite way to enjoy vine-ripened summer tomatoes. It's a quick and easy tummy-satisfying dish on a warm midday when the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove. The juicy tomatoes, sweet onions and rich-tasting Kalamatas are dressed simply with olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh herbs, salt and pepper. If desired, add whatever other garden veggies you enjoy - our family loves cucumbers; or add a slice of feta and some sliced green peppers and you've got a Greek “village” salad! Don't forget the crusty Italian bread to mop up the tomato and vinaigrette juices.

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    1. 1
      In a medium bowl combine 4 cups of ice cold water and 2 teaspoons salt; stir to dissolve the salt. Add the onion rings; let stand for 20 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.
    2. 2
      Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, garlic, capers, chives, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the oil in a stream, whisking; whisk the vinaigrette until it is emulsified.
    3. 3
      On a chilled deep serving platter, alternate the tomato slices and onion rings, scatter the Kalamatas over them. Drizzle 1/3 - 1/2 cup of the vinaigrette over the salad, reserve the remaining vinaigrette.
    4. 4
      Chill salad for 20 minutes. Sprinkle over the top your choice of cheese, the minced herbs, and the red pepper flakes (optional). Drizzle 2 or 3 tablespoons of the reserved vinaigrette over the cheese and herbs. (Any leftover vinaigrette can be refrigerated and used within 1 week.)
    5. 5
      Let salad stand for a minimum of 15 - 20 minutes before serving.
    6. 6
      COOK'S TIP: Because the longer you let the flavors "marry", the better this salad tastes, I like to prepare it early in the morning for a lunchtime snack or light meal.
    7. 7
      COOK'S TIP: This quick and delicious salad makes a terriffic filling for pita bread or baguette sandwiches, and a yummy topping for bruschetta.
    8. 8
      Buon appetito!

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    Nutritional Facts for Easy Tomato, Red Onion, and Kalamata Olive Summer Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (405 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 698.5
    Calories from Fat 601
    Total Fat 66.8 g
    Saturated Fat 13.5 g
    Cholesterol 22.6 mg
    Sodium 1176.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
    Sugars 9.3 g
    Protein 9.7 g

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