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My sister thinks this recipe is too simple to post on my blog. Well, it is simple; I won’t disagree. But sometimes the simple, quick fix recipes are those we need when time is scarce. I really think the addition of thyme was key in getting the flavor. I roughly measured the ingredients, so use your judgment and taste as you add the dressing components. The feta cheese I found was creamier than usual, but it wounded up working really well. If you don’t have feta, try goat cheese.


  • 5 medium tomatoes–choose them hard
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup pitted and halved black olives
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • crushed dry thyme leaves

Cut the tomatoes and feta cheese into bite-size pieces. Add the olives, lemon juice, olive oil and thyme leaves and stir. Ta-da. If you don’t have thyme, try oregano or fresh basil.



  1. sherin

    yum! perfect summer salad!

    • Nour El-Zibdeh, RD

      Thanks Sherin! You know how tomatoes are awesome in Jordan! Hope all is well.

  2. Robin

    Thanks Nour—I am trying this over the weekend…it’s the simplicity that makes it delicious! Tell your sister!

    • Nour El-Zibdeh, RD

      Thanks Robin!

  3. ruba

    mmm, I make something simmilar with mint (leaves or dried) instead of thyme and a teeny weeny bit of mashed onions (when I can get away with it ;), thanks for this variation, it seems awesome

  4. Nour El-Zibdeh, RD

    Thank you Ruba for the comment! Actually, you just reminded me that I did add some mashed onions! ooops–forgot to add. But you can make it without too. I made this recipe again and added cucumbers. It’s very versatile!

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