After being a full time blogger for about two weeks now, I have had the opportunity to go to the gym far more than when I was working in the corporate world. After my workouts a strange phenomenon comes over me. It is like the twilight zone or living in a parallel dimension- I want to eat vegetables.
It is the strangest thing! Not that I shy away from them, but in the past the thought of Chickfila was far more appealing to me than a big plate of vegetables.
It is a positive change to say the least. One of the specific meals I’ve been craving is a good, simple, Greek salad.
Now many of you know Greek salads from restaurants and local cafes (I know that is how I became introduced to them). But what I did not know was that Greek salads are not served with lettuce in Greece. They are used more of as a filler here in the States. Both are wonderful, but for my recipe I wanted to go as authentic as I could (well, authentic for a girl who’s never been to Greece to have a Greek salad).
The recipe is simple; chopping onions, tomatoes, and cucumber and placing them on a plate. Then I drizzled on a simple olive oil vinaigrette and I was done! So simple, so quick, and so healthy. Many Greek salads also include Kalamata Olives. I myself am not much a fan of olives so I left them out of my recipe, but you can be sure to add them for additional depth of flavor to your salad!
In addition to getting your healthy fix, this recipe is also good for those of you who plan on losing weight in 2015. This recipe is super healthy but also packs a lot of flavor. You will not leave hungry. There are so many vegetables you can eat that it will leave you satisfied for hours (my lunch left me satisfied for about 5 hours).
This salad is great to serve as a side dish for dinner or to have for lunch. In the meat and potatoes Midwestern roots household that I live in, sometimes lunch is the only time I can really pack in healthy meals. It is a great chance for me to eat a little lighter and is also great for work day lunches.
So here we have it- my Greek salad recipe. I hope you enjoy it. Even though it’s December and I can’t get the freshest vegetables around, it is still a nice fill of vegetables when that craving comes over me.
Prep time 15 minutes, Serves 1
- 1 small cucumber
- 2 on the vine tomatoes
- 1/4 red onion
- Feta cheese (to taste)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 olive oil
- 5 tbs water
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Chop vegetables into slices and place on plate. Sprinkle on desired amount of feta cheese.
- In a separate bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and mix thoroughly until emulsified.
- Pour dressing over vegetables and cheese.