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The Greek Wedge Salad

The Greek Wedge Salad

Greek Wedge Salad

adapted from Cookie and Kate

 

2 heads of romaine

1 1/2 cups halved or quartered cherry tomatoes, depending on their size

2/3 cup chopped seeded cucumber (about 1/2 medium garden cucumber)

2/3 cup chopped celery (about 2 ribs)

1/4 cup pitted and halved Kalamata olives

1 shallot, very thinly sliced

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Pinch of salt

 

Lemon-tahini dressing

 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons tahini

2 to 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

Garnishes

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint and/or basil

 

To prepare the salads: Halve the heads of romaine lengthwise, all the way through their bases so the halves stay intact. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, celery, olives, shallot, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Toss to combine and set aside to marinate.

To prepare the dressing: In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, combine all of the ingredients, starting with the lower amounts of lemon juice and garlic. Whisk to blend. Taste, and add more lemon juice if it tastes bitter or needs more zip, and more garlic if it could pack more of a punch (I like my dressing on the garlicky side). Season generously with pepper, whisk again, and set aside.

To assemble: Place each romaine halve on its own dinner plate. Top each one generously with the tomato salad mixture. With a spoon, drizzle the dressing rather liberally over the salads, then finish them with a sprinkle of feta (if using) and chopped herbs. Serve immediately, with sharp butter or steak knives to aid slicing.