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Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing, Olives, Capers, and Feta

Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing, Olives, Capers, and Feta is a great salad combo and this tasty vegetarian salad is also gluten-free and low-glycemic. Use Salad Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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I first made this Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing, Olives, Capers, and Feta five years ago on a Saturday when I hadn’t gone to the grocery store all week, and wanted to find something more interesting to eat than plain romaine lettuce salad. Luckily I found the big tub of Meza Hummus from Costco and remembered a recipe where hummus is blended with lemon juice and olive oil to make a unique dressing.  This recipe turned out to be a salad that tastes of everything that’s complex and interesting about Mediterranean flavors, and it’s been repeated many times since then.

The inspiration for the dressing of hummus, olive oil, and lemon juice came from a cookbook called Fiber Boost, given to me in 2006 by the author, Amy Snider.  It’s an interesting book, not available in the U.S., but I found it on Amazon.ca for people in Canada.  There are all kinds of things you could add to this salad that I didn’t happen to have in the refrigerator, but even with the bare-bones Mediterranean ingredients I had on hand, this was delicious.(Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing, Olives, Capers, and Feta was updated with step-by-step directions and better photos, April 2012.)

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I used the bowl attachment of my immersion blender to combine the hummus, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to make the flavorful dressing.  (You could also do this in a food processor, blender, or even stir it together by hand.) I used three of my favorite ingredients, capers, Kalamata olives, and Feta cheese.

I chopped the romaine lettuce and washed it with the salad spinner. Toss the lettuce with 2-3 tablespoons of the hummus dressing.

Then add the capers, Kalamata olives, and crumbled Feta and toss again. Serve right away for a salad that’s really a wow!

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This is great for an easy side-dish salad for any meal with Mediterranean flavors!

More Mediterranean Flavors:

Mediterranean Lettuce Salad with Purslane, Mint, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Mediterranean Orzo Salad from Andrea Meyers
Tostadas with Hummus, Feta, and Kalamata Olives ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing, Olives, Capers, and Feta

Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing, Olives, Capers, and Feta is a great salad combo.

Ingredients:

Dressing Ingredients: (enough for several salads)

  • 2/3 cup prepared or homemade hummus
  • 5 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • salt, fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • (I used only a bare pinch of salt)

Salad Ingredients: (for each salad)

  • 2 handfuls washed romaine lettuce
  • 1 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • 5-6 kalamata olives
  • 1 T capers

 

Directions:

  1. Combine hummus, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in food processor or the bowl of an immersion blender and buzz a few times to mix well. (This could also be mixed by hand.)
  2. Chop romaine lettuce and wash in salad spinner and spin dry (or wash and dry with paper towels.)
  3. Crumble the Feta, cut olives in half, and measure out the capers.
  4. Put lettuce in a bowl, add about 3 T dressing, and stir to coat lettuce with dressing.
  5. Add capers, Kalamata olives, and crumbled Feta and toss again.
  6. In the book, Amy’s salad had grape tomatoes and red onion rings.
  7. Other things you could add include diced cucumber, chopped red bell peppers, boiled eggs, shrimp, cooked asparagus, or canned tuna.
  8. The dressing keeps well in the refrigerator for more than a week.

Notes:

Combination created by Kalyn with dressing adapted from Fiber Boost by Amy Snider.

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Low-Carb Diet  / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing, Olives, Capers, and Feta approved for all phases of the South Beach Diet. The dressing has hummus, which does have some carbs, but amount you’re eating in one serving is really small so I would still consider this a pretty low-carb salad.

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    40 Comments on “Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing, Olives, Capers, and Feta”

  1. So, I definitely am going to make "hummus" dressings– Hummus is a staple in our ouse!

  2. So glad you liked it. Now I must try it with red pepper hummus myself!

  3. I now know what I can do with the 3 pound tub of Sabra's Red Pepper Hummus from Costco. I almost overlooked this recipe, YIKES. So glad I didn't. VERY good — HUGE flavors. This is my new favorite salad. Strong work Kalyn!!

  4. Jennifer, hope you enjoy. I love this salad!

  5. This salad looks amazing! Adding this to my dinner menu this week. Looking forward to it!

  6. Susie, so glad the kids liked it. Sounds like you have trained your kids to like good things!

  7. I tried this Mediterranean salad at home and added a little trick on it so my kids love it. I placed the salad in a Seagreen Mini Edge Plate (individually served. I myself also amazed of the taste, I just simply followed your recipe detail by detail. All I could say is you are the best Kalyn. Thank your for this. The kiddos really love your salad.

  8. Jeanette, this has been one of my favorites for a few years now!

  9. I love Mediterranean flavors – never tried hummus dressing, but it sounds really good.

  10. Jana, I love it when people adapt a recipe to their own taste. And I think chicken and sun-dried tomatoes sound great in this!

  11. Okay, we had it for dinner tonight. It was a hit! Just because my husband doesn't like things too tart, I added a little Splenda. But I think I'd like it without, too. We added chicken and sun-dried tomatoes.

  12. Thanks for the nice feedback on this! And Barb, glad you liked the quinoa salad.

  13. That is a great take on simple salad plus it's healthy 🙂

  14. I just did a dish with capers and kalamata olives and I'm still in the mood. This salad would be perfect.

  15. What a GREAT idea for using up Hummus…love it! Thanks Kaly. By the way the quinoa salad was a hit.

  16. Jana, glad you like the idea. I love this dressing!

  17. Hummus for dressing: genius! I love it when great dishes come out of "what's in the fridge?".

  18. Thanks, I do hope you like it!

  19. The flavor combination sounds just so great! I know I will love it. Thanks for the great recipe!