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Recipe: Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Recipe: Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked to package directions
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 large English hothouse cucumber or 2 Persian cucumbers, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 orange, yellow or red bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
½ chopped red onion
1 pt cherry tomatoes, quartered
6 oz crumbled feta cheese
1 (15 ounce can) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
cup chopped Italian parsley
½ cup chopped fresh mint
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Cook quinoa to package directions with the 1/2 tsp salt. Transfer cooked quinoa to a large bowl, fluff with a fork and let cool to room temperature.

Dressing: Whisk lemon juice and garlic powder in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil.

Toss the cooled quinoa with the dressing veggies, chickpeas, feta, mint and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Greek Barley Salad

Vegetarian Greek Barley Salad recipe is healthy and delicious! Great for summer entertaining as a side or main dish.

4-6 servings

1 1/2 cups barley, cooked to package directions
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus more for serving
pinch of sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, cut in half
4 ounces sheep or goat feta cheese, crumbled, plus more for serving
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
4-6 sliced pepperoncini

Cook the barley to package directions, transfer to a large serving bowl and set aside.
For the dressing: In a bowl whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, dill and sugar. Whisk in the olive oil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Toss the barley with the salad dressing. Fold in the cucumber, tomato, onion, olives, cheese, mint and pepperoncini. Season with more salt and pepper to taste if desired.
Garnish with more crumbled feta cheese and dill. Serve cold or at room temperature.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

We love this healthy and simple Grilled Greek Chicken Pasta Salad recipe. Great for lunch of dinner and perfect for the lunchbox too!

4 servings

–for the chicken
1 pound grilled skinless chicken breast
olive oil
garlic salt & pepper
–pasta Salad
12 ounces pasta, cook to package directions (macaroni, bow ties or penne are preferred)
12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
salt & pepper to taste

Grilled Chicken Breast: Trim chicken of fat. Pre heat your grill (or grill pan) to medium high heat. Coat chicken with some olive oil & season chicken with garlic salt & pepper. Grill about about 7 minutes on each side until you have nice grill marks & the meat is white & cooked through. Let chicken cool a bit & slice into bite sized pieces.
Pasta Salad: Toss pasta with all of the ingredients. Adjust any ingredients to suit your tastes.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Barley Salad with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cranberries & Feta

1 cup uncooked pearl barley
3 cups water
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
–brussels sprouts
1 lb brussels sprouts, rinsed and pat dry
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
–mix ins
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 375˚ Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle.
Toast the barley in a medium saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often until fragrant. Add the water slowly and stir in the salt. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes. At the 20 minute mark, check the barley to see if additional water is needed. Remove the barley from the heat and transfer for a large serving bowl. Toss with one tablespoon olive oil.
While the barley is cooking, roast the brussels sprouts. Trim off the tough end of the brussels sprouts. Cut them in 1/2 or quarter them, depending on how big they are. Toss them with the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 20-25 minutes. Toss with a pair of tongs half way through cooking time.
Add the brussels sprouts to the barley and toss. Mix in the smoked paprika, cranberries, feta cheese and lemon juice. Season to taste with more salt and pepper if desired. Serve warm or cold.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Barley Salad with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cranberries & Feta

1 cup uncooked pearl barley
3 cups water
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
–brussels sprouts
1 lb brussels sprouts, rinsed and pat dry
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
–mix ins
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 375˚ Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle.
Toast the barley in a medium saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often until fragrant. Add the water slowly and stir in the salt. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes. At the 20 minute mark, check the barley to see if additional water is needed. Remove the barley from the heat and transfer for a large serving bowl. Toss with one tablespoon olive oil.
While the barley is cooking, roast the brussels sprouts. Trim off the tough end of the brussels sprouts. Cut them in 1/2 or quarter them, depending on how big they are. Toss them with the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 20-25 minutes. Toss with a pair of tongs half way through cooking time.
Add the brussels sprouts to the barley and toss. Mix in the smoked paprika, cranberries, feta cheese and lemon juice. Season to taste with more salt and pepper if desired. Serve warm or cold.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Grilled Avocado & Chimayo Shrimp Salad with Key Lime Dressing

Taste summer with this delish Grilled Avocado & Chimayo Shrimp Salad with Key Lime Dressing. This recipe is quick and easy to prepare.

2-4 servings

–for the salad
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup sliced tomato
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
–Chimayo grilled shrimp
2 cups medium uncooked shrimp, deveined, shell removed, tail on
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp mild Chimayo spice powder
1/4 tsp garlic salt
–Grilled avocado
2 ripe avocado, halved & seed removed
lemon juice
olive oil
garlic salt
–Key Lime Dressing
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp freshly squeezed key lime juice
3 tbsp honey
sea salt
ground Black Pepper

Cut up the ingredients for the salad. Place in a large shallow bowl or platter.
Heat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat. In a clean bowl, toss the shrimp with the olive oil, chimayo and garlic salt. Grill the shrimp for about 5-7 minutes total time, flipping with a pair of tongs half way through. Remove the shrimp from the grill when they are opaque and place on top of the salad.
Using the same grill pan or grill: Rub the halved avocado with some olive oil, drizzle on some lemon juice. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Grill over medium high heat for about 4-5 minutes until you have grill marks. Slice and place the avocado on top of the salad. Drizzle with some dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste and the rest of the dressing on the side.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Grilled Avocado & Chimayo Shrimp Salad with Key Lime Dressing

Taste summer with this delish Grilled Avocado & Chimayo Shrimp Salad with Key Lime Dressing. This recipe is quick and easy to prepare.

2-4 servings

–for the salad
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup sliced tomato
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
–Chimayo grilled shrimp
2 cups medium uncooked shrimp, deveined, shell removed, tail on
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp mild Chimayo spice powder
1/4 tsp garlic salt
–Grilled avocado
2 ripe avocado, halved & seed removed
lemon juice
olive oil
garlic salt
–Key Lime Dressing
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp freshly squeezed key lime juice
3 tbsp honey
sea salt
ground Black Pepper

Cut up the ingredients for the salad. Place in a large shallow bowl or platter.
Heat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat. In a clean bowl, toss the shrimp with the olive oil, chimayo and garlic salt. Grill the shrimp for about 5-7 minutes total time, flipping with a pair of tongs half way through. Remove the shrimp from the grill when they are opaque and place on top of the salad.
Using the same grill pan or grill: Rub the halved avocado with some olive oil, drizzle on some lemon juice. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Grill over medium high heat for about 4-5 minutes until you have grill marks. Slice and place the avocado on top of the salad. Drizzle with some dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste and the rest of the dressing on the side.

~ Marla Meridith

Strawberry Feta Salad with Balsamic Dressing

We love this simple, fresh and healthy Strawberry Feta Summer salad with a delicious homemade balsamic dressing. Enjoy as a side dish or main course.

4-6 servings

–for the salad
6 cups artisan lettuce, rinsed, dried and coarsely chopped
2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
1 1/2 cups feta cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
–for the dressing
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
To make the dressing: Add all ingredients into a mason jar. Shake until well combined. Using a piece of lettuce for tasting, dip it into the dressing and add salt and pepper to taste.
Toss the salad with dressing to taste before serving.
This dressing will last for a few weeks stored in the refrigerator, simply shake before serving to emulsify it again.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Family Favorite Frittata

4-6 servings

2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup diced red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
8 large eggs, beaten
1 cup crumbled feta cheese (*see notes)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp Kosher salt

Pre heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. When hot, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for another minute.
Add the peppers, cook for another 8 minutes or until everything starts to brown just a small bit. Stir throughout cook time to make sure everything cooks evenly.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs with a splash of cold water. Mix in the cheeses, cilantro, salt and pepper.
Pour the egg mixture over the peppers. Shake the pan just a bit to evenly distribute the eggs over the peppers. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the eggs just start to pull away from the pan.
Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the frittata is cooked. You can insert a knife or skewer into the center to check.
Serve straight out of the skillet or gently slide onto a serving dish.
Leftovers are great served warm or at room temperature.

I use goat milk feta cheese in this recipe. I love it’s robust flavor. I also enjoy sheeps feta for that reason. Cow milk feta is just fine if thats what your prefer.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Chopped Greek Salad

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith