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Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Ingredients

12 oz Cavatappi, macaroni or bow tie pastacook to package directions, rinse in cold water when done
1 (8.4 oz) pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
1 (8 oz) jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil, no need to drain the oil
1 cup chopped red onion
1 yellow or red bell pepper, chopped
2 cups baby spinach
2 tbsp freshly chopped basil
2 tbsp freshly chopped Italian parsley
5 oz shaved parmesan cheese
Champagne Vinaigrette
cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup Champagne vinegar
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 pinch granulated sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Cook pasta to package directions. Drain and toss with cold water. Set aside.

Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients.

Toss everything together in a very large serving bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Greek Barley Salad

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Recipe: Easy Tomato Basil Flatbread Pizzas

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Directions

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Recipe: Mediterranean Salad Platter

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Directions

~ 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: Mediterranean Salad Platter

This Mediterranean Salad Platter could not be easier to put together and it makes such a beautiful impact when you are entertaining guests. 

4-6 servings

1 (6.5 ounce) jar marinated artichokes, drained
5 ounces hummus
8 ounces Kalamata olives
4 ounces thinly sliced Italian salami
4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, drained
4 hard boiled eggs, thinly sliced
mache salad blend
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
serve with pita chips or pita bread

Lay a bed of Mache greens on the bottom of a large platter. Place the rest of the ingredients on top so they are just touching. Drizzle some olive oil over the top. Serve immediately with pita chips or pita bread wedges.
*Add feta cheese if you are not keeping a dairy-free diet

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Easy Tomato Basil Flatbread Pizzas

Make the most of summers freshest bounty with these easy & delicious flatbread pizzas!

2 servings

2 pieces whole wheat naan bread
1 cup Ciliegine mozzarella, drained
2 plum tomatoes, sliced thin
1 jar marinated artichokes, drained and roughly chopped
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
1 shallot, sliced into thin rings
extra virgin olive oil
a few sprigs fresh basil

Pre heat the oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the middle.
Rub some olive oil onto a baking sheet.
Drizzle some olive oil onto each flatbread.
Divide ingredients and top each flatbread with: mozzarella, tomatoes, artichokes, olives and shallot rings. Drizzle some more olive oil over the top.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted. Broil for 2-3 minutes until flatbread and cheese starts to brown.

~ Marla Meridith