Green Bean, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Green Bean, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Ingredients:
Cherry Tomatoes
Green Beans
Green Onions
Feta Cheese

Dressing Ingredients:
2 T Olive Oil
2-3 T Red Wine Vinegar (I noticed that 3 made it taste a bit better)
1 T Freshly-Squeezed Lemon Juice
3/4 tsp. Salt (Sea Salt preferably)
1/2 tsp. Freshly-Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano (Optional)

*If you don’t want to make your dressing, feel free to use Italian or Balsamic Dressing.

This salad is one of my faves! It is healthy, tasty, pretty, and easy to make – there is really no reason not to share it! If you decide to make your own dressing, then I would prepare that first. As soon as you finish mixing your dressing ingredients together, begin to cut your green beans into bite-sized pieces (make sure to trim the ends of the beans beforehand). When you are finished cutting, place the green beans in a pot of boiling water (feel free to add some salt), let the beans cook for 3-4 minutes.

While the beans cook, cut the cherry tomatoes in half and chop up the green onions. As soon as the green beans are done cooking (crisp), drain into a colander, then immediately rinse the beans with cold water until they’re cooled. Make sure to completely dry/drain the beans by blotting them with paper towels. If you do not thoroughly dry the beans, then your salad will be watery.

Now, you are ready to mix together all ingredients – beans, tomatoes, green onions, feta cheese, and dressing! Stir the salad until all pieces are coated with dressing. BON APPÉTIT!

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Soba Noodle Dish

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Ingredients:
Soba Noodles
Tofu
Takuan (Japanese pickled radish)
Red ginger
Cucumbers
Green beans
Soba sauce

*Most of the ingredients you could find at your local grocery store. You could also go to the Japanese store (Marukai) to get the soba noodles, takuan, red ginger, and soba sauce.

Fill a cooking pot with about a quart of water (depending on the amount of noodles you are making). As soon as the water comes to a boil, carefully place the soba noodles in the pot. Stir noodles as they cook for 3-4 minutes. When the time is up, quickly pour the noodles in a colander bowl, while running cold water to cool the noodles. You can also add ice cubes to the noodles to keep them chilled.

While the noodles are cooling, you can cut the tofu, green beans and cucumbers that will be placed on top of your noodles. Feel free to add fish, beef, or chicken to the dish. Once the noodles are cool enough, place them in a dish, add your toppings, and pour about a 1/2 cup of soba sauce on top. Enjoy :)

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