Recipe Exchange: Mediterranean Salad
1/2/2014 4:00:00 PM
If you're new to the 'Thursday Recipe Exchange', it's exactly what it sounds like! Every Thursday I post a new recipe for you to try and share with friends & family.
Since the New Year is when most of us commit to eating healthy, I thought this delicious Mediterranean Salad fit the bill perfectly, especially because it adheres to a different concept for healthy eating than we usually hear about - one that I believe makes eating healthy more doable in the long term. It's simple. Instead of eliminating all the things you like that are supposed to be 'bad' (You know what happens as soon as you're told you can't have something - you want it more!), ADD things that are GOOD.
So, rather than feeling deprived of the things you can't have, by adding more fresh foods to your diet - lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables - you'll be supplying your body with necessary nutrients; plus, when you fill up on good foods, you're less likely to crave the more fattening or junky foods. Again, it doesn't mean you can't ever have them. You're just less likely to want them so much.
I'd love to hear your feedback after you try the 'Addition vs Subtraction' method of healthy eating!
Now for the recipe. I had this Mediterranean Salad at the Marseille Restaurant in New York City, and it was so good I had to look up the ingredients online.
What You'll Need:
(Amounts can vary based on your personal preference. The amounts here are for a single serving.)
1 small Tomato
A 2-3 inch chunk of cucumber
1/2 a bell pepper (try 1/4 each of an orange, yellow or red pepper for more variety of flavor & color)
1 slice of a small onion (white or red, your preference)
2 Tbsp chopped olives
2 Tbsp croutons (or crushed pita chips)
2 Tbsp feta
lemon and oil to taste (or alternate Italian style dressing)
What You'll Do:
Chop all veggies into small cubes. Mix together and add salt & pepper to taste.
Blend in the chopped olives & croutons or pita chips.
Sprinkle feta cheese on top (for extra flavor, try a tomato/basil or garlic herb flavored feta).
Add dressing to taste (I use Ken's Lite Northern Italian dressing). You don't need much because all the ingredients add so much flavor!