2013 – Gluten Free Living
Marinated Squash and Tomato Salad is breathtaking! Why, you ask? Because of the delicious Farmer Boy Greek Salad Dressing that I use to marinate the salad in. I love this delicious salad with tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion, diced bell peppers (for lots of different colors!), and sliced pepperocinis for heat. Top with the sweet marinade from Farmer Boy and this recipe is outstanding. It’s also a great way to use up garden produce because so many of the ingredients are harvested at the same time. It’s quick, easy, and a very tasty way to eat your veggies!
Farmer Boy Greek Salad Dressing is not available here in Texas. I usually have my mother-in-law ship bottles of this fantastic salad dressing to me from Florida where it’s a staple in Publix and Winn-Dixie grocery stores–or we bring a few bottles home with us when we travel there on visits. While this is some of the tastiest salad dressing I’ve ever eaten–it does contain high fructose corn syrup, MSG, and sugar, so I use it sparingly. Unless you live on the East coast you won’t be able to replicate this recipe exactly unless you purchase the dressing through Farmer Boy. Their telephone/fax lines are: (727) 447-1733 , (727) 447-3518, in case you would like to try a bottle. Better yet, if you’re traveling to Walt Disney World or Florida for vacation sometime soon, stop in at a neighborhood Publix Grocer and pick up a bottle for yourself.
I was trying to find a way to use up a lot of veggies in my refrigerator before they went bad a couple of weeks ago when I came up with this spectacular recipe. This sweet Greek Salad Dressing makes ordinary veggies perk up to sensational in flavor! While it does have a somewhat Mediterranean style to it, I didn’t want the salad to be too Greekish so I chose to make this vegan as well as gluten free. This healthy, low calorie salad is certainly delicious. But if you gulp at the idea of eating high fructose corn syrup and MSG, you can substitute my Greek Salad Marinade instead. It is quite sweet since it uses sugar but there’s no MSG or high fructose corn syrup used in the dressing. Better yet, make it with honey instead of sugar!
Regardless of how you make this scrumptious salad, you will love the taste of all the flavors. If you are looking for another way to use up garden produce, like I was, then consider making up a batch of Marinated Squash and Tomato Salad soon. It’s great for summer picnics, as an accompaniment for backyard barbecues, block parties, or anytime you want a delicious tasting (yet quick and easy to prepare) salad. If you like sweet salad dressings you will love the taste of this one. And your kids can learn to eat and love their veggies by starting them out on a salad like this!
Marinated Squash and Tomato Salad is fantastic! It’s filled with all kinds of garden veggies.
The sweet Farmer Boy Greek Salad Dressing that I use as a marinade is what makes this salad so marvelous.
Marinated Squash and Tomato Salad is a great main dish lunch option. I served mine with a wonderful homemade Whole Wheat Greek Bread that I made in the breadmaker.
This crunchy salad will ensure you are getting plenty of servings of vegetables which have antioxidants and other healthy benefits to them.
Here’s a close up so you can see the ingredients in this tasty salad.
Here’s a spoonful of Marinated Squash and Tomato Salad. It’s filled with tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, pepperocinis, bell peppers, red onion, and fresh parsley.
Here’s a bowl of Marinated Squash and Tomato Salad ready to serve. If you have the opportunity to swish the marinade around in the bowl a few times before serving that will coat the veggies a little more.
Here’s what I did.
Slice up Roma tomatoes and place in serving bowl. I like using Roma tomatoes because they aren’t as juicy and don’t break down quite as easily as regular beefsteak tomatoes will.
Add diced red onion.
Add sliced or julienned zucchini.
Add sliced yellow squash that’s been quartered.
Add diced red bell pepper.
Add diced green bell pepper.
Add fresh, torn parsley.
Add sliced pepperocini.
Add a cup of Farmer Boy Greek Salad Dressing. This is a very sweet Greek dressing.
Pour Greek dressing over top of the salad ingredients. I swished out the bottle with a tablespoon or two of water and added that too.
Stir veggies with marinade to combine. Refrigerate a couple of hours before serving. If you have opportunity, stir a few times while refrigerating. If you put this in a plastic bowl with a lid just shake the ingredients a few times.
To serve: spoon salad into bowls. Make sure some of the marinade is drizzled over the top of the veggies so you get adequate flavor.
I served Marinated Squash and Tomato Salad as a side dish with Creamy Ham, Veggies and Noodle Bake, but you can certainly serve this with any kind of main dish entree like Melt-In-Your Mouth Chicken, New York Strip Steak with Garlic Parsley Butter, or Grilled Salmon with Homemade Tartar Sauce.
Here’s a close up so you can see all the delicious veggies in this side dish.
I always like serving salads with bread and this one was no exception. The Whole Wheat Greek Bread had rosemary, feta cheese and olives in it! Loved it!
Here’s another spoonful of Marinated Squash and Tomato Salad so you can see a few of the individual ingredients.
Isn’t this a pretty, festive salad?
Here’s the recipe.
MARINATED SQUASH AND TOMATO SALAD
(My own concoction)
6 or 8 roma tomatoes, sliced
¼ to 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
1 zucchini, ends removed, sliced
1 yellow squash, ends removed, sliced and quartered
½ large red bell pepper, diced
½ large green bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup fresh, torn curly parsley
3 large pepperocinis, sliced
Toss dressing with veggies and marinate in refrigerator a couple of hours before serving. 4-6 servings.
NOTE: Farmer Boy Restaurant Greek Dressing is available in the Tampa Bay area as it’s made in Clearwater, Florida. It’s a regional dressing. You may have to order it online at www.farmerboygreekdressing.com or call 727.447.1733 to order. This is a fantastic tasting Greek Dressing though it contains sugar, high fructose corn syrup and MSG.
Marinated Squash and Tomato Salad complements any main dish meal. It’s also great to serve for lunch.
Aren’t you ready to dig in to this scrumptious looking salad right now?
I Love Salads! As you can tell if you follow me on Pinterest. Creating new ones is such an enjoyable pleasure for me!
This beautiful salad is really easy to make. It only took me about ten minutes from start to finish to whip up this one. So it’s great to make early in the day and then it’s ready for dinner when you need it.
I wanted squash and tomatoes to be the main part of this salad so I picked other veggies that would complement those tastes rather than distract and take away.