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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Cucumber Salad with Blueberries, Walnuts and Feta Cheese

I came up with a cucumber salad recipe containing blueberries, walnuts, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  This recipe contains approximately 4 servings at 244 calories per serving when using fat free Feta cheese and 1/4 cup of the prepared dressing.  Note that if the fat free feta cheese is replaced, the calories per serving increases to 265.  This is a great salad to serve with a light dinner or have as a light lunch.

Cucumber Salad with Blueberries, Walnuts and Feta Cheese

3 cups cucumbers, washed, peeled and sliced.  I used 6 mini cucumbers.
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
1 pint cherry tomatoes, rinsed and cut in half (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, or to taste

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin Olive oil
1 garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Wash, peel and slice cucumbers.

Rinse and drain the fresh blueberries.

Rinse and drain the cherry tomatoes.

Cut each of the cherry tomatoes in half.

Coarsely chop the walnuts.

Toss the cucumbers, blueberries, cherry tomatoes and chopped walnuts.  Next add the feta cheese.

Combine Olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, garlic clove, salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes.  Place dressing ingredients in a screw top jar or cruet and shake to combine.  Adjust seasonings to taste. Finally add Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing to taste (I used 1/4 cup), mix ingredients together and serve.  Sprinkle with additional feta cheese or walnuts if desired.


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