This bright salad is a great addition to a large, summer buffet, though it also makes a fine lunch or light dinner accompanied by some warm pita. If serving as a main course, toss in some diced grilled chicken breasts for more substance, if you like.
In a medium bowl, toss the tomatoes with 1/4 cup of the mint, 1/2 Tbs. of the thyme, the salt, and 1/2 tsp. of the pepper. In another medium bowl, toss the feta with the lemon zest, the remaining 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1/4 cup mint, and 1/2 Tbs. thyme. Let both sit for at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour at room temperature.
In a large bowl, toss the cucumber, scallions, and olives with the tomatoes and feta. Combine up to 1 hour ahead; let sit at room temperature. Just before serving, add the olive oil and half of the lemon juice and toss well. Season with pepper and more lemon juice if needed, and serve.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on twelve servings;
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Photo: Scott Phillips