Thursday, September 16, 2010

A salad is very quick to prepare. Most people have their own ideas of what to put into a salad. Some salads you may have seen do not look appetizing. They just look plain and boring. 

That is probably why many people in the western world don't eat enough of these healthy salads. Well, let's do our bit to change that. Here is a recipe for you that is the just opposite. It looks good, tastes good and it is really good for you.

We were camping with some friends and we decided to have a barbeque. We chose what meats to have but struggled to decide what to accompany them. My friend told me that when he went to Greece on holiday he really enjoyed their fresh salads.

With the ingredients that he remembered we set about to duplicate the recipe. After we had finished preparing the salad it looked really appetizing.

Here is that recipe for you and I hope you enjoy your fresh Greek style salad as much as we did.

(serves 4)

4 large tomatoes cut into wedges
1 large cucumber
2 large red peppers
1 red onion
Approx 16-20 green and black olives de-stoned
250g of good firm feta cheese
1 small handful of fresh parsley leaves
Approx 1 dozen fresh mint leaves
125ml of extra virgin oil
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 clove of garlic crushed


Take the cucumber, peel it first and cut it in half, length ways. Take out the seeds and then cut into small cubes. Cut the red peppers across into slices. Remove all the seeds and pith. Finely slice the onion. Cut the feta cheese into small cubes.

Once you have done this, place the tomatoes, cucumber, red peppers, onion, olives, feta in a large salad bowl. Add half the parsley and mint leaves. Gently mix together. 

Put the olive oil, lemon juice and crushed garlic into a container with a lid. Add a little salt and pepper to season. Shake until mixed thoroughly.

Pour the dressing over the salad. Gently turn over with a large spoon or spatula to cover the salad evenly with the dressing. Sprinkle the remaining parsley and mint leaves over the salad.

This recipe is a rich source of vitamins, minerals. It is also very good for your heart especially when using tomatoes, red peppers, olives and olive oil. The feta cheese is also a good source of vitamins and calcium. 

The reason being, it is made from goats milk. Therefore it has far less fat than cows milk which again is beneficial to the heart and weight watching. All fresh food and highly nutritious. Enjoy.


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