:: Broccoli, Feta, and Cherry Tomato Salad

January 12, 2009 at 11:39 pm 10 comments

I have a notebook full of all my great ideas for Christmas posts for the blog, which will just have to wait until next year.  For those of you who don’t know where I have been for the last month and a bit, I have been playing Peter Pan in the Tivoli Theatre panto!  Two shows a day for over a month has meant that there has been no time for the blog unfortunately.  I had my first proper day off last Monday but stayed in bed all day, but I was up with and with it today so I finally got around to some cooking!

I have been living on this salad from The Food Room in Clontarf over the last few weeks, so I thought I would recreate it here!  It’s really delicious and full of healthy ingredients, plus it’s so easy to make!

Broccoli Feta and Cherry Tomato Salad

  1. 1 large head of broccoli, chopped into bite size pieces.
  2. 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes. (250g)
  3. 1 packet of ready chopped pancetta or bacon.
  4. 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  5. 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.
  6. A good pinch of ground black pepper.
  7. A good handful of crumbled feta cheese.

Bring a large pot of water to the boil.  While the water is boiling, combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a serving bowl.  Add the broccoli to the pot of water and blanch for 60 seconds, you should see the broccoli turn a vibrant green.  Drain the broccoli pieces and run under cold water.  Add the broccoli to the serving bowl and set aside.

Place a small frying pan over a high heat and fry the bacon pieces until crispy.  Remove the bacon from the pan, place on on some kitchen paper and allow to cool before adding to the rest of salad.  Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and tumble in to the bowl on top of the broccoli.  Add the bacon pieces and feta cheese to the serving bowl. Gently toss all the ingredients in the dressing and season with black pepper.  Serve as a tasty side dish or a really tasty lunch.  You can also add walnuts or pine nuts for an extra crunch!

And I know it’s a bit cheeky having not posted for a few weeks but  here’s a shameless plug to remind you, if you like the good mood food blog, you can nominate it for the Irish Blog Awards here!

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Entry filed under: brocolli, cherry tomatoes, feta, pancetta, salad, sidedish.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ann from Montana  |  January 13, 2009 at 12:42 am

    What a wonderful salad! And I DID vote and what I enjoyed was that there was space to put a reason.I put: good food, wonderful photography and a warm, loving spirit.I so enjoy your posts for all of the above.

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  • 2. conortje  |  January 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I wonder what you could add instead of the bacon to make it veggie? Some toasted oine kernels maybe? Anyway looks scrummy – I LOVE Broccoli.

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  • 3. Rachel@fairycakeheaven  |  January 13, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm just like the Avoca salad, divine!!!

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  • 4. Ben  |  January 13, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    It is so nice to hear from you. We’ll have to wait until next Xmas to see some of your recipes for the season, but the wait will be worth it, right?

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  • 5. Anonymous  |  January 14, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    hazelnuts and mangetout or sugar snap peas are also wonderful in this salad … loooks delish!

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  • 6. Kay  |  January 14, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Was wondering where you went off to! Missed you. There’s nothing wrong with Christmas in February, c’mon … think outside the box 🙂

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  • 7. recipes2share  |  January 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Perfect for this time of year when we are all trying to keep to our healthy promises. Looks absolutely divine!

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  • 8. Melissa  |  January 16, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Ummm…this does sound good! And the colors in it ere pretty.

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  • 9. Darius T. Williams  |  January 20, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Welcome back – the photos looks amazing!

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  • 10. Donal  |  January 20, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Hey Ann!Thanks for that! Very kind! 🙂Hey Conor!Yeah definitely drop the bacon if you wish. Nuts are the perfect accompaniment! Enjoy.Hey Rachel!I know so darn tasty!Hey Ben!They will be worth the wait, it was just to crazy the last few months! 🙂Hey Kay!NO WAY! Thats just wrong! hehehe, but maybe!Hey Recipes2Share!You’re right perfect time for eating healthy!Hey Melissa!Yeah the colours make it look so appealing! 🙂Hey Darius!Thanks! It’s good to get cooking again!

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