Spanakopita Salad

Spanakopita Salad

Generously sized Parmesan-black pepper phyllo croutons add pleasing crunch to Spanakopita Salad, a colorful medley of vegetables and herbs tossed with zesty lemon-feta vinaigrette.

Spanakopita Salad
 
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag fresh baby spinach
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh parsley leaves
  • ½ cup lightly packed fresh dill
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • Lemon-Feta Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
  • Parmesan–Black Pepper Phyllo Croutons (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine spinach, green onions, tomatoes, parsley, dill, and pine nuts. Add desired amount of Lemon-Feta Vinaigrette; toss to coat. Arrange salad on serving plates; nestle Parmesan–Black Pepper Phyllo Croutons among greens. Serve immediately.

Lemon-Feta Vinaigrette
 
Makes approximately 1¼ cups
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup finely crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, and shallot; let stand for 15 minutes. Whisk in oregano, mustard, and honey until combined. Whisking constantly, gradually add olive oil in a slow, steady stream until mixture is combined. Stir in cheese. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Whisk before serving.

Parmesan–Black Pepper Phyllo Croutons
 
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 12 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1½ cups finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400˚. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Place one sheet of phyllo dough in an even layer on prepared pan. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese and approximately ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Repeat procedure 11 times with remaining phyllo, melted butter, cheese, and pepper. Cut stacked phyllo into 2-inch squares or diamonds.
  3. Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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