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Get Me To The Greek

>> 5/24/10

Mediterranean cuisine, long recognized for its light and healthy fare, includes a variety of fresh vegetables, fish and olive oil.  No matter how many salads I try, I keep coming back to the Greek.   The vegetables in this salad are also good to have on hand when a snack attack hits.  I avoid the prepared dressings where I can because they are packed with preservatives and salt and my simple flavoring just taste better.  Because I had all of these ingredients prepped in my refrigerator, the salad took me 5 minutes to create.  Try it without lettuce for an authentic Greek.   

Salad:  Lettuce - Cucumbers - Tomatoes - Red Peppers - Red Onion - Feta Cheese - Kalamata Olives - Shrimp (roasted, see When In Doubt, Roast)
Seasonings:  Red Wine Vinegar - Olive Oil - Dried Oregano - Salt and Pepper 

Mayo Clinic shares the key components of the heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet:

  • Exercise and eat meals with family and friends
  • Eat a generous amount of fruits and vegetables
  • Consume healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
  • Use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
  • Eat small portions of nuts
  • Drink red wine (in moderation for some)
  • Consume very little red meat
  • Eat fish or shellfish at least twice a week

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