One of my go-to dinners is Greek salad w/ garlic bread. It is easy, fast, delicious and always tastes indulgent. I like to make my Greek salads w/ chickpeas to add an extra dose of protein to make it a complete meal.
Thinly sliced red onions
Feta cheese cut into small blocks or crumbled
1 15 oz. can chickpeas (rinsed and drained to remove excess sodium)
Roasted red peppers (I pan sear fresh ones)
Greek salad dressing (I use Tapas from Hartford, CT)
One baguette, split
Pinch fines herbes
3 TBSP butter
1 TBSP olive oil
4 cloves finely minced garlic
Preheat over to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, melt butter with olive oil and add salt, pepper and herbs. Add in garlic. Spread mixture evenly over split baguette.
Place two slices of baguette together and wrap in foil. Place in over for approximately 10 minutes. After that, reduce heat to 250 degrees. Remove the foil and place, cut sides up, on a cookie sheet. Bake for 5 more minutes.
While the garlic bread is in the over heat 1 TBSP olive oil in skillet. Chickpeas can be added to the salad from the can, but I like to sautee mine in oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes for some extra flavor and crunch. Sautee until golden:
Toss salad greens with onions, feta, red peppers, sauteed chickpeas and salad dressing. For the most amazing Greek salad dressing in the world, try Tapas. While living in Hartford for 6 years, Tapas became my favorite Greek restaurant--their Greek salad w/ their own dressing is to die for!: tapasonline.com.