Fresh tomatoes, cucumber, feta and basil all topped with a squeeze of lemon juice, oh my.
Cheese? Feta cheese? Almond "feta" cheese.
Salads are like non-recipe recipes but this was so fresh and delicious, it was impossible not to share. It's the perfect side dish for hot, summer days and it's a great way to use fresh vegetables from your garden. The tomato, cucumber, and basil were home grown and there is something so satisfying about knowing that.
I also made the almond "feta" but I didn't exactly follow a recipe or use exact measurements. Oops. So here are two websites I kind of based mine off of:
I encourage you to give it a try! There's quite a few steps but it's actually quite simple! Alternatively, you could use store bought almond cheese - I've seen it only at Whole Foods.
6 cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cucumber, chopped
3 leaves fresh basil, chopped
1 oz almond "feta" cheese, crumbled
squeeze of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste, if desired
Toss the first 4 ingredients. Top with a squeeze of lemon juice, and seasonings as desired. Enjoy your refreshing side dish!
Makes one side dish serving. Simply increase quantities if you're making for more people. (i.e. To serve four people as a side dish or to serve one person as a main dish, you may use 24 cherry tomatoes, and 2 whole cucumbers, 4 oz almond cheese, etc. For larger quantities, you may choose to use larger tomatoes but I liked the sweet taste of cherry tomatoes.