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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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Ingredients

  • 4 cucumbers, peeled, halved, and seeded
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 white onion, finely diced
  • 16 grape tomatoes, quartered
  • Two 17.6-ounce containers of Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Pound feta cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon

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).

Nutritional Facts
Servings4
Calories Per Serving443
Total Fat26g40%
Sugar19gN/A
Saturated17g84%
Cholesterol84mg28%
Protein29g59%
Carbs29g10%
Vitamin A112µg12%
Vitamin B121µg16%
Vitamin B60.5mg22.9%
Vitamin C23mg38%
Vitamin D0.2µg0.1%
Vitamin E0.6mg2.8%
Vitamin K59µg73%
Calcium519mg52%
Fiber3g14%
Folate (food)55µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)55µg14%
Iron2mg9%
Magnesium64mg16%
Monounsaturated3gN/A
Niacin (B3)1mg6%
Phosphorus291mg42%
Polyunsaturated0.5gN/A
Potassium704mg20%
Riboflavin (B2)0.6mg35.5%
Sodium1646mg69%
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg14%
Zinc2mg16%