Meze Platter

With the weather being so warm this week, I felt a little inspired to bring you a recipe that is perfect for the coming warm months.  Meze Platters are nice, cool, Mediterranean-inspired appetizers that offer you a variety of light, snacky items.  This one features our Vineyard Market Hummus, a shrimp, olive, and tomato salad, and a cucumber, yogurt, and feta salad.

Ingredients:

Shrimp, olive, and tomato salad:

  • 16 cooked peeled large shrimp with tails left intact
  • 16  Kalamata olives, with pits
  • 1 cup diced seeded tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss until blended. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Cucumber, yogurt, and feta salad:

  • 1/2 unpeeled cucumber, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt, whisked to loosen
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or mint
  • 1 6-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 2 lemons, cut into wedges
  • Pita bread to serve on the side.

Directions: Lay out cucumber slices on a platter and lightly season with salt and pepper.  Drizzle yogurt over cucumber and sprinkle crumbled feta and oregano.

To Serve:

  • Arrange bowls of marinated artichokes, hummus, shrimp salad, and cucumber salad on a large platter
  • Garnish platter with toasted pita bread pieces and lemon wedges

YUM! I can’t wait to try this at home!

About lmaybaum

Bottle King's resident Cheese Queen

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