Anyway, I love this salad. It is so simple- a mix of good lettuce, tomato, fresh onion, and feta cheese. Then a simple lemon and olive oil dressing. The mix of flavors, though, simple as they may be, are just amazing! They remind me of a Greek salad, which makes sense, since the countries border each other. Make sure to use a fresh lemon. I've made this salad both with baby spinach and Mache, or French Lamb's Lettuce, and both ways are very good. The original recipe calls for Arugula, and although I can find it here sometimes, it never looks very fresh.
Turkish Garden Salad
adapted from The Turkish Cookbook
1 bag Lamb's Lettuce (Mache), Arugula, or baby spinach
1 small Spanish or red onion, peeled, sliced into thin rings
1/2-1 cup diced feta or firm ricotta-salata
About 15 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 fresh lemon, juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt, to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste
1. Wash lettuce leaves and remove any large stems, if needed. Dry and arrange the arugula/lettuce in a salad bowl. Add the onions rings, cheese, tomatoes and olives.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, mustard, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.
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