Tomato and Feta Salad

I love summer because I love cold salads.  Have you ever tried to eat a salad in the winter and enjoy it?  It's rough.  After a cold winter in Missouri complete with blizzards and cancelled classes, I remember the first warm, sunny day of spring this year when I had an absolutely massive salad with romaine lettuce, sliced strawberries (thawed from frozen...), balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, and chopped walnuts.  I sat on the back deck of my house accompanied by a cup of tea and ate the crap out of that salad.

Some people may think salads are boring (and in that case, my rambling has probably caused you to stop reading by now), and I admit that they don't make a particularly exciting first posting, but today it's a toasty 92 degrees in Columbia - perfect salad weather.
Tomato and Feta Salad
This is my favorite salad -- extremely simple and extremely affordable.

2 cups Romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. feta cheese
1 Roma tomato, diced

Toss the lettuce pieces in the balsamic, then throw in the tomato and cheese.  Done.  I sprinked some whole fennel seeds on top for a little extra bite.
My boyfriend bought me this fabulous bowl when we were exploring a ceramics shop in the Old Market area of Omaha, NE.  I've used it more than my bed.
Cost of ingredients:
  Head of Romaine lettuce:  $2.00 (about $0.65 for serving above)
  Athenos crumbled feta cheese:  $3.99 (about $0.65 for serving above)
  Bottle of balsamic vinegar:  $3 (about $0.05 for serving above)
  Pound of Roma tomatoes:  $1.49 (about $0.30 for serving above)
Cost of 1 serving:  ~$1.65

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