Greek Salad 'Pasta'

Greek Salad 'Pasta'
Greek Salad “Pasta”

Arthur Bovino

Greek Salad “Pasta”

Faux "pasta" made from vegetables isn’t a new thing, of course. You’ve probably seen a cooked zucchini "pasta" tossed with sauce on a food blog or restaurant menu somewhere. But I haven’t seen this one before. Thinly sliced cucumber "pasta" would be dressed with a cool "sauce" made with yogurt and feta. Red onions are chopped fine and tossed with tomato. Some lemon juice, a little patience with the mandoline, and hey, it’s pretty easy, it works, it’s a little different, kind of fun, is less than 10 ingredients and a half an hour, and still has the same flavors but provides a little wow factor.

Now, instead of spoonfuls or forkfuls laden with chopped salad, you twirl your fork around thin strips of cool cucumber and look around for a piece of pita to pull a scarpetta. A little grilled chicken, shrimp, lamb, or vegetables, and hey, you’re set. Plus, this recipe finally addresses that question you always ask yourself: What are you supposed to do with that liquid your block of feta cheese comes in? The answer? Use it!

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Directions

Carefully — this cannot be stressed enough — guide the cucumber halves on a mandoline to create thin strands of cucumber. Toss in a bowl with a light coating of salt and set to strain in a colander or mesh strainer.

While the cucumber slices are straining, blend the yogurt, feta, the liquid the feta came with, and freshly ground black pepper in a food processor until completely smooth and fluid.

Discard the cucumber water (unless you want to use it for a savory cocktail), and toss the with the yogurt-feta sauce. Add the minced onions and tomatoes, sprinkling a few undressed onions and tomatoes on top of the pasta and drizzling just enough "sauce" to mimic a pasta dish. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the dish, sprinkle a touch of salt, twirl, eat, slurp, and drink (the sauce).

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

189 kcal

Daily value:

9%

Servings:

4
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 26 g
  • Protein 7 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 6 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 24 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 3 µg
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 3 µg
  • Ash 2 g
  • Calcium, Ca 82 mg
  • Carotene, beta 8 µg
  • Cholesterol 2 mg
  • Choline, total 14 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 2 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 3 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 2 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 1 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 1 g
  • Folate, DFE 123 µg
  • Folate, food 8 µg
  • Folate, total 76 µg
  • Folic acid 67 µg
  • Glutamic acid 2 g
  • Iron, Fe 1 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 11 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 19 mg
  • Niacin 2 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 221 mg
  • Potassium, K 112 mg
  • Proline 1 g
  • Retinol 3 µg
  • Selenium, Se 21 µg
  • Sodium, Na 434 mg
  • Sugars, total 4 g
  • Water 15 g
  • Zinc, Zn 1 mg
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