Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Recipe Favorites: Mediterranean Salad With Hummus for a Fourth of July Party


It's the fourth of July and I'm having two young guests spend the week, aged 3 and 6, so I'm definitely a bit distracted from the blog. We have a lot of fun activities planned, including a party tonight with some good friends where there will be ponies for the kids and fireworks. Happy birthday to Nick and Ken, the father and husband of my great friend Mary!

This Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing is one of the things I'll be taking to the party, and since Mary's family is Greek, I'm pretty sure it will be a hit. The other thing I'm going to make is Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Basil Vinaigrette. That tomato salad is one of my standard dishes for summer parties, guaranteed to make people ask for the recipe. And since I just harvested a huge Ziploc bag of basil last night with (not much) help from the kids, it's a natural for today even though I have to use tomatoes from Costco this early in the year.

What will you be cooking for the Fourth of July? Let us know in the comments what's on your menu for the holiday. You can click the "recipe favorites" labels at the end of this post to see more of my favorite recipes for salads or tomatoes.

Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing
(Combination created by Kalyn with dressing adapted from Fiber Boost by Amy Snider.)

Dressing Ingredients:
(enough for several salads)
2/3 cup prepared or homemade hummus
5 T extra virgin olive oil
3 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
salt, fresh ground black pepper to taste
(I used only a bare pinch of salt)

Salad Ingredients:
2 handfuls washed romaine lettuce
1 oz. crumbled feta cheese
5-6 Kalamata olives

Instructions:
Combine hummus, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in food processor and buzz a few times to mix well. (This could also be mixed by hand.) Put lettuce in a bowl, add about 3 T dressing, and stir to coat lettuce with dressing. Place in bowl, sprinkle with feta cheese, add olives, and enjoy.

In the book, Amy's salad had toasted whole wheat pita croutons, grape tomatoes, and red onion rings. Other things you could add:
diced cucumber
chopped red bell peppers
capers
boiled eggs
shrimp
cooked asparagus
canned tuna



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15 comments:

  1. Kalyn,

    These salads sound appetizing... Mediterrnean cooking is my favorite! Happy July 4th!

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  2. Your salads are wonderful, Kalyn, and hummus makes this one even better!

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  3. Looks simple but yet full of jewels.

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  4. I love hummus and this salad brings it all together.

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  5. What a wonderful way to use hummus! I love all of the ingredients in your salad. Happy 4th!

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  6. This type of salad is one of my favorites for picnics. The hummus dressing is a wonderful idea.

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  7. Kalyn

    I have used your marinade from the grilled lamb with garlic, rosemary and thyme recipe. It will be posted on my blog tommorrow, and is linked back to your site

    :)

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  8. Ponies?? That's like heaven for a kid! And what a great salad! I am addicted to hummus, so if I was there, I would have grabbed the salad and disappeared.

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  9. Well, Kalyn, since you ASKED what we were having for the fourth, I made a potato soup with spicy hot pickles, carrots and saurkraut. I added the pickle juice and some of the saurkraut juice, needless to say, no salt. I did saute the onions in bacon grease, but other than that, no animals or dairy. I am 100% American, but quarter Czech and the same German and it just sounded good, my husband, in another state prepared Thai, and we are both as Caucasian as can be, we just like to mix it up. No hot dogs for us!

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  10. Kalyn,

    I have never thought of using hummus as a base for a salad dressing! Great idea! You've combined all my favorite things in this salad! Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

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  11. Thanks everyone. As you can tell, having two little visitors is really distracting me from answering comments, but we are definitely having fun. Bobbisox, thanks for sharing what you're eating. I agree about the hot dogs, although the kids have already requested them for dinner tonight when their college age brother is coming. I think I'll make something else for the adults, but hot dogs for the kids. At least I know they will eat them.

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  12. I am sure the salads were a hit! They both look great. I can't wait to try the mediterranean one, hummus is a staple for me! I hope you had fun with the kiddies!

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  13. Yum! This has all my favorite ingredients and a definite must try!

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  14. Love this idea!
    I like hummus but don't normally make it... I don't keep snacky things around the house... 'cause I'd eat it all.
    But in a salad - perfect!

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  15. I'm going to try this :) Looks delicious.
    Greetings, Margot

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