Recipe by Sharon123
From the Barefoot Contessa's What are Friends For episode, this is yummy good!
Top Review by rosslare
Very good! I added the other half of the onion and doubled the garlic, smashing it to paste with salt, before adding other vinaigrette ingredients. Oh, and I would omit the Dijon next time, not so Greek or necessary, in my opinion. Apart from these minor things, very nice and refreshing.
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
- kosher salt
- 1 cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
- 1 red bell pepper, large diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, large diced (or orange or green pepper)
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (or regular tomatoes, diced)
- 1⁄2 red onion, sliced in half rounds
- 1⁄2 lb feta cheese, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
- 1⁄2 cup kalamata olive, pitted
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1⁄4 cup good red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread cubes and sprinkle with salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes, until nicely browned. Add more olive oil as needed.
- Place the cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, tomatoes and red onion in a large bowl.
- For the vinaigrette:.
- Whisk together the garlic, oregano, mustard, vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper in a small bowl. While still whisking, add the olive oil and make an emulsion. Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables. Add the feta, olives and bread cubes and mix together lightly. Set aside for 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Serve at room temperature.