1 month ’til summer! (Recipe Of The Day: Fresh Greek Salad)

Ah, summer: the season we’re all waiting for. (At least here in Quebec, after this year’s 5-month winter.)

It’s almost here: only 1 month!

But can I wait for one more month?

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          I guess the answer’s no. I was so determined to eat cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream that I took a Oreo and chopped it in my scoop of vanilla ice cream.

          And you know what? I craved what I never thought I’d crave a single time in my life.

          Salad.

          Get me right: I do try (emphasis on the word TRY) to eat healthy and exercise, but I’ve never been the salad type.

          And yet, at lunch, I longed for a fresh summer salad.

          So I whipped up this quick, inexpensive, healthy AND tasty Greek salad while waiting for my homemade iced tea (recipe coming soon…) to finish cooling.

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        Fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, paired with feta cheese and sliced kalamata olives, are given a fresh twist with the addition of extra-virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. A nice, light (okay, maybe not SO light given the veggie-to-cheese ratio… but it tastes so good!) meal for a hot summer day (or a cold spring day like today where you just feel like eating something refreshing). It goes along perfect with tortilla or pita chips (*coughcough tostitos were all that was left in my pantry *coughcough*) and a tall glass of iced tea (homemade tastes the best! I swear that recipe’s coming up in the next few days!)


          Recipe for Fresh Greek Salad (serves 1):

  • 3/4 cup cucumber slices
  • 1/4 of a tomato
  • 30g feta cheese (approx. 3cm cube), thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp sliced kalamata olives (I used the jarred kind and put some of the juice in, if using fresh olives then add slightly more lemon juice)
  • 1/2 shallot, cut into small slices
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a single-serving bowl, mix cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, olives and shallots. Add in lemon juice and olive oil and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (You could even add in some fresh herbs if you feel like it..! Mint would definitely give it a hint of freshness.) Eat as-is or serve with tortilla or pita chips, or whole-grain crackers (Triscuits are one of my faves).


As for the nutrition info:

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          (The fat content does seem high, but the olive oil contains lots of heart-healthy monoinsaturated and polyinsaturated fats, which are not specified on the label.)


          Only one more month until summer… one month’s worth of 70-page chemistry study guides…

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          …and 20-page world politics essays…

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          We’re all in this together, fellow students; we’ll make it through!

          Only 1 more month to go! Alright guys, gotta go, still got 5 more pages to write on that essay… I promise I’ll post my recipe (if you can even call it a recipe, it’s so simple) for homemade iced tea within a week!

          -AF


EDIT: As of 05/24/15, you can find my recipe for homemade iced tea here!