Grilled Vegetable Salad With Feta Cheese


Ingredients:

3 medium potatoes, peeled, sliced 1/4" thick
3 fresh red peppers, seeds removed, cut into halves
2 medium zucchini squash, sliced 1/4" thick
1 small eggplant, sliced 1/4" thick
1 medium onion, sliced
vegetable oil for brushing

Dressing:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp cold water
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt and ground pepper to taste


Top:

1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
Black olives
Fresh mint leaves


Preparation:

1. Prepare vegetables and brush with vegetable oil, set aside. 
2. Preheat grill (medium high) and grill vegetables 3 to 5 minutes each side or until tender.
3. Remove from grill, set aside to cool.
4. In a plastic container with a lid or small bottle mix all ingredients for the dressing.
5. Cut red peppers on smaller pieces.
6. Place all vegetables in a large salad bowl, add prepared dressing. Toss to coat.
7. Top with crumbled feta cheese and fresh thyme. Garnish with some extra torn mint and black olives.

Serve with fresh Italian Bread or garlic bread.

Makes 6 servings.



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