Ok my fellow fighters, this weekend I fell off the wagon, it was my birthday weekend last week, and I went camping so you can imagine, smores, hot dogs, the usual, plus a lot of wine…
So this week I’m shamelessly making up for it, it’s annoying and difficult to go back to your routine after enjoying such delicious fatty foods so the transition is important, I go for sandwiches, salads and soups to help me get back on a roll. I’m a big fan of Greek salads, the flavors are just delicious and the combination of ingredients just motivates me to eat more salads and veggies. So this is the perfect junk food-hangover lunch to get back into your routine.
I try to go light on the cheese, not always feta or goat cheese since they are a little heavier on calorie content; I switch sometimes to Panela cheese or mozzarella as well, maybe just one slice of whole grain toast on the side. This recipe is just awesome, from one of my favorite blogs. Somehow my food never turns out as picture perfect (I’m trying tough).
Greek Salad with Lemon and Oregano
Serves 2 generously, 4 as starter or side
1/2 a large, seedless English cucumber (about 6 to 7 ounces), chopped 1/2 a green bell pepper, chopped 1 cup (about 6 ounces) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup kalamata olives (you can also serve these alongside) 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced 1 lemon, halved 2 to 3 ounces feta (Bulgarian or French, if you can find them, are my favorites), in thick slices 2 tablespoons olive oil, or more to taste Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 sprig oregano, leaves minced
Toss cucumbers, pepper, tomatoes, olives (if using) and onion in a shallow bowl or deep plate. Squeeze half a lemon over it. Arrange feta slices on top. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano. Serve with a slice of feta on top of each serving, and the second half of the lemon for those that like their salads punchier.
* If you’re concerned about the pungency of the raw onion, you can squeeze the lemon juice on top of it and let it sit for a while in a dish before adding both to the salad. It will mellow and soften it.
I hope you enjoy this great recipe, not only its delicious, but it doesn’t take that much effort to make, which is the best type of recipes after all. 😉