With all this hub-bub about Greek diets and the benefits of olive oil floating around, it was only a matter of time before I made something with Feta cheese, Kalamata olives and chickpeas! I am powerless to the onslaught of beautiful pictures, succulent recipes and plain ole inspiration at every magazine rack and on-line recipe website. I am yours, take me Greek Salad Sandwich – take me away to the island of celebrated food and family recipes handed down for generations.
I started to make a Greek salad but that idea became so much more. This layered sandwich is anchored with a mixture of chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil and fresh parsley – like a chunky hummus.
Spread the chickpea mixture on half the bread or bread slices.
Add a layer of thinly sliced cucumbers.
Add some juicy red tomato slices – yummmm
Spread the marinated onion mixture on top. Drizzle the remaining onion marinade on the other slice of bread.
Then add the Feta cheese, olive and olive oil mixture to the other slice of bread.
And finally sprinkle a few thinly sliced Pepperoncini on top of the Feta mixture.
Introduce the two sides and make a sandwich! Slice as desired and serve. This lovely small garlic loaf really called out to me but it was difficult to fit in my (big) mouth. You can eat it sideways too. It works either way.
We LOVED this recipe so much I made it again the following weekend and used sliced rustic bread. It was just as good as the other bread and so much easier to eat. This recipe will make four hearty sandwiches or six smaller yummy lunch size sammiches.
I think I’ll try this again with a Pita or make a flat bread pizza – oh yeah! Hope you love as much as we do!
Greek Salad Sandwich
1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
4 ounces crumbled Feta
8 sliced rustic bread or 4 pitas
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 tomato, thinly sliced
4 Pepperoncini, thinly sliced, stems removed
10 Kalamata olives, chopped
Add chickpeas, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil and parsley in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until it forms a chunky paste. Add 1/2 teaspoon olive oil if needed to blend.
In a small bowl combine the sliced onion with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a separate small bowl combine the Feta, olives and 1 tablespoon olive oil and smash with a fork until blended.
Spread the chickpea mixture on 4 slices of bread. Top with the cucumber, tomato and onion mixture. Drizzle the remaining onion marinade on the other slices of bread then top with the Feta and Pepperoncini peppers. Season with salt and pepper and fold both sides together. Store leftovers in an airtight container – if there is any leftover. We took leftover sandwiches to work the next day and they were still fantastic. This almost gets better the longer it sits.
(adapted from a recipe by Martha Stewart)
Have you ever grown a Clematis? They come in so many colors and varieties but I’ve always loved the giant saucer size blooms on this vine. This poor plant has been moved, year after year, to a variety of different locations in our yard. I am happy to report it seems happy in it’s current home, and so are we. I took some progressive photos over the last week or so, just for fun, and thought I’d share. Lots of flower pods ready to bloom.
It should bloom again in late summer – can’t wait!
I hope you have a great weekend! We’re in pre-wedding mode again with our daughter taking the plunge in June (our son got married in October). Oh … people will come Ray, people will most definitely come! (Name that movie) And since we don’t have in-town family – people will come and I guess we better get ready.
Oops – just one more thing. We’re hosting a get together with all the out-of-town bridal party members and family at our house the night before the wedding. It will be a casual cookout and I’m starting to get a menu in mind. I could really use your help! If you have a favorite buffet / summer cookout recipe you’d like to share, please put a link in the comments. Thanks so much for your suggestions – I’m so excited to see what’s your favorite, fool-proof, crowd pleasing, pre-wedding, family yard party dish! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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