Greek-style Picnic Salad

I did not cook this – my husband did!  It was yummy.  (Even Dylan thought so!  Kind of!)

dscn3997This recipe did not originally contain fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, but as this was obviously a mistake, Ethan added them anyway.  Seriously, who makes a “Greek-style” salad without tomatoes and cucumbers?  Anyhoo..

  • 2 cups rice, cooked and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (optional), reconstituted and chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 10 oz bagged spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz Greek feta cheese, crumbled (about 2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • lemon wedges

Combine everything except lemons in a big bowl.  Serve with lemon wedges.

Dylan Report: Still not a big fan of feta cheese, but he did eat a good amount of the rice.  All through dinner tonight he was reciting the end of Green Eggs and Ham, saying “Try them and you may, I say!” and true to his word he did try at least one bite of everything on his plate.  Anticipating that he would not eat the feta cheese, we also gave him some leftover “fajita” chicken chili, which he adores, and is a really good way of getting him to eat some vegetables (peppers and tomatoes).


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