Hello! I inadvertently took a summer break there, my apologies. I will never cease to be impressed by bloggers who manage to work full time, blog regularly, and live their lives all at the same time. I constantly feel as if I'm dropping a ball somewhere, and my little corner here has been that ball of late.
But! Isn't summer wonderful. We had a few glorious weeks of weather here so I made sure to enjoy as much of it as I could. I played Bowls for the first time, ate ice cream, wished Jo a happy birthday, and survived a two-week bootcamp - 6.30am every day for an hour! Oh, and made this salad. Many times!
This is a perfect salad for on-the-go summer days, when you don't want to have to turn on the oven, or miss any of the precious sunshine outside. The vinaigrette comes together quickly in a jam jar and will easily keep for a week in the fridge so you can mix and match it with other dishes, too. I haven't specified amounts for the salad ingredients because it's very adaptable to what you have on hand and which ingredients you love the most, but I have put in italicised brackets the rough amounts I used as a guideline should you need it.
I'm in love with summer. I'm in love with this salad. I hope you will be, too!
Feeds: 4 people Time: 20 minutes
for the dressing
5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
a pinch of sea salt
some freshly cracked black pepper
for the salad
100g orzo pasta, cooked and cooled
(1/4) cucumber, cut into small chunks
(12) cherry tomatoes, halved
(100g) feta cheese, crumbled
(1/2) red onion, thinly chopped
(two handfuls) pitted (Kalamata) olives
fresh basil, torn
freshly cracked black pepper
- Place all the dressing ingredients together in a clean jam jar, close the lid tightly and shake vigorously until combined. It'll make more than you need, but it can be stored for up to a week in the fridge so you can use it with other salads!
- In a large bowl, toss together the salad ingredients. Season with pepper. Add the dressing as you serve. Eat!