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From Springdale Farm Cookbook, courtesy of From Asparagus to Zucchini

1 cup chopped red peppers (optional: use roasted peppers)
1/3 cup chopped pitted black olives (brine cured is best)
1/3 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/4 teaspoon dried
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients; let stand 30 minutes. Serve with grilled fish. Makes 6-8 servings.

4 Servings

1 pound beets, tops trimmed (about 4)

1.5 pounds cucumbers, unpeeled (about 2)

3 T olive oil

1T sherry vinegar

2t minced fresh herbs

1 t minced garlic

½ t salt

¼ lb feta, crumbled

Place beets in a large saucepan with plenty of water to cover.  Bring to a boil and cook at a fast simmer until the beets can be pierced easily with a sharp knife, about 45 minutes.  Drain, rinse under cold running water and shake off any excess moisture.

Cut away the ends of the cucumbers and slice them a little less than ¼ inch thick.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, herbs, garlic and salt, mixing well.  Add the cucumbers and stir to coat well.  Remove the cucumbers with a slotted spoon, draining any excess dressing back into the bowl, and arrange on a platter in a broad layer.

Using your finger, slip the skins off the beets.  Slice the beets ¼ inch thick, add them to the leftover dressing and stir to coat well.  Remove the beets with a slotted spoon and arrange them in an oblong mound on top of the cucumbers, centering the mound so the cucumbers show around the edge.

Sprinkle the feta over the top and serve.

From How to pick a peach- the search for flavor from Farm to Table, by Russ Parsons, p. 145

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