Once you have the dressing mixed up, let it sit while you chop up your shallots (in nice little slices), your tomatoes (cut in halves and quarters), and your avocado (cut in chunks). Crumble up the feta, slice up some fresh basil and you are ready to roll. Place all the veggies and half the cheese into a mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over it all and with clean hands, gently toss it by hand until everything is well mixed and coated with dressing. (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…the best and only way to toss salad is with your hands. Plus it makes a great moisturizer, what with the olive oil and all.) Now sprinkle the rest of the feta on top.
It’s just the thing to get us through those last agonizing weeks of waiting for that first perfect big juicy Jersey tomato. The waiting…it’s the hardest part!