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Mediterranean Chop Salad

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This salad is a favorite among the cast, crew (and guests) of "Live From Bay 6!"
Ingredients
For the salad dressing
  Fresh lemon juice 2 Tablespoon (Seeds strained out)
  Lemon zest 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Mayonnaise 1 Teaspoon
  Dijon mustard 1 Teaspoon
  Garlic clove 1 Medium, minced
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Fresh ground black pepper To Taste
  Olive oil 6 Tablespoon
For the salad
  Garbanzo beans 14 Ounce, drained (One 14 oz Can)
  Pitted kalamata olives 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), chopped
  Red onion 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), minced
  English cucumber 1 Medium, diced (Hot House Cucumber)
  Grape tomatoes 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), quartered (Cherry tomatoes)
  Crumbled feta cheese 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Roasted chicken 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), shredded (Left over chicken may be used) (Optional)
  Romaine lettuce head 1 Medium, chopped
  Black pepper To Taste
Directions

MAKING
To prepare the salad dressing:
1. Into a large bowl, add fresh lemon juice and the lemon zest, whisk the zest in with the juice.
2. Add a teaspoon of light mayonnaise, tsp of dijon mustard, garlic.
3. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
4. Add olive oil and whisk well.
To prepare the salad:
5. Add the garbanzo beans and all the other chopped ingredients for the salad to the bowl with the dressing and toss everything well. (Shredded chicken pieces can be added optionally into this salad)
6. Finally season with a little more of ground black pepper.

SERVING
7. Serve fresh.

TIPS
All the ingredients for the salad except the lettuce may be added, tossed and chilled in the refrigerator for a while. The lettuce may be added later before serving.
The salad dressing can be prepared ahead of time, stored in a container, and then put together as a salad just before the meal.

NOTE
When you are preparing the vegetables for this salad, remember to keep all the pieces about the same size.

Things You Will Need
1. A Microplane Grater / Zester
2. A pair of Tongs

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Mediterranean
Course: 
Appetizer
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Tossed
Dish: 
Salad
Interest: 
Easy, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Servings: 
8
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