Hope you had a fabulous weekend that involved sunshine and outdoor activities.  I feel like everyone is in such a better mood when it finally feels like Spring outside.  I was able to get out of the suburbs and enjoy the nice weather and sites of DC on Saturday.

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My weekend also involved some indoor weekly food prep.  I typically make a large salad on Sunday, add some lean protein, and eat that for lunch throughout the week.  Lately I have been obsessed with making a greek salad with fresh veggies, olives, and feta cheese.  And for the past year I have made my own salad dressing because 1) there are many artificial preservatives in store bought dressings and 2) it is CRAZY easy!  I have no idea why I ever even purchased store bought salad dressing, besides the convenience factor.  A simply vinaigrette does not take up much time or involve too many ingredients and you probably already have them sitting in your pantry.  With bikini season right around the corner, I am always looking for delicious ways to eat healthy.  Enjoy!

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Greek Salad with Vinaigrette
 
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Simple greek salad with mediterranean flavors and with a flavorful home made vinaigrette.
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Ingredients
  • Chopped Romaine lettuce (either two bags or about 16 cups)
  • 1 whole medium cucumber peeled
  • 1 whole red pepper deseeded
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup red onion
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • For the Vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed (mince if serving immediately)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp salt
  • black pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop the cucumber, red pepper, tomatoes, and red onion. (I slice the grape tomatoes in half and sometimes omit the onion)
  2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas.
  3. Add the veggies, chickpeas, olives, and cheese to the salad and toss.
  4. For the Vinaigrette:
  5. Add all the ingredients to a mason jar or container with a lid.
  6. Cover and shake vigorously until all ingredients are combined.
  7. Add more salt and pepper to taste if necessary.
  8. Cover and store in the refrigerator up to 1 week. *Stir each time before serving

Greek Salad with Vinaigrette

Greek Salad with Vinaigrette

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