Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chopped Greek Salad

Alot of you asked me to share my daily lunch recipe for my chopped Greek Salad. I have been making small tweaks weekly but this is currently what I think is the perfect combo. I use spinach as my lettuce because I love it and dark greens are so good for you. I have tried it with Romain and it is good as well, so use whatever lettuce you have/like. I have also used white beans if I am out of chickpeas, so make substitutions with what you have. I love the addition of the crumbled pita chips it gives the salad a great crunch.

I added the ingredients of this salad in my "Lose It" app on my iPhone to calculate the calories and it came in right over 400 calories which I think is perfect for a lunch. Trust me I always make a huge salad, so you can eat alot for 400 calories. This is a healthy lunch you don't have to feel guilty eating because you are getting so many fresh vegetables in one serving. Enjoy!





CHOPPED GREEK SALAD
-spinach julienne sliced
-handful chickpeas rinsed
-1 small tomato diced
-diced cucumber
-diced red onion
-diced yellow bell pepper (I usually quarter it so I can use it for 4 salads)
-diced kalamata olives (I always use 7)
-crumbled feta cheese (I think it makes such a difference to buy fresh good feta. I use the kind that comes in water.)
-handful of crumbled pita chips (I prefer Stacy's whole wheat pita chips)


Mix all ingredients together and toss with red wine vinegar dressing. I usually let my salad sit for a minute or two so the dressing gets absorbed and covers everything.




RED WINE VINEGAR DRESSING
-about 1 tablespoon olive oil
-about 1/8 cup Red Wine Vinegar
-dash of salt and pepper
Whisk all together. Add more red wine vinegar if needed. I occasionally add in a bit of fresh lemon juice if I have a lemon. I sometimes also add a little chopped fresh dill or parsley to the dressing. Just taste as you make it, I love the red wine vinegar flavor so I use alot of it, but you can definitely do less.

22 comments:

Bud and Leo said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I always need new lunch ideas because I get bored easily with sandwiches but I think this could be a long-term staple!

megan said...

Thank you for posting! I love how you use exactly 7 olives. :)

Things That Sparkle said...

This sounds absolutely perfect delicious!

Liz at Style and Ease said...

This sounds great because I love feta but hate cooking on the weekends. I like that you just 'assemble' this. Have a great day!!

Portuguese Prepster said...

I make a very similair salad so it's great to know the calorie count now! Although I think I put wayyyy too many olives in!

Mary Loyal said...

this sounds so refreshing and delicious. i've been in a lunch rut lately so i'm excited to switch it up and try this!

Val said...

Looks like I will be going to Trader Joe's today!!! Thanks for sharing!!

The Daily Stroll said...

Thank you! Thank you :) This sounds great! I can't wait to try it!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

This just might be lunch today (c: My favorite part of the whole salad are the kalamata olives and the feta...oh yeeeeeeah...nothing like a great salad in the summertime!

Lisa Fergus said...

Thank you for sharing! YUM!

natasha {schue love} said...

Yummmm this looks SO good! So making it for lunch tomorrow! :)

Taylor said...

YUM. this seriously so good - and like a salad that would actually keep me full until dinner!

Becca {A Blonde's Logic} said...

I'll definitely be making this soon! Thanks for the recipe!

Becca
http://beccatm.blogspot.com

Kyle said...

Looks fresh and delicious. Perfect summer salad. Will definitely try making this week!

GurleeGirrl said...

Cannot wait to try it - sounds so good!

nicole said...

Just tried this for lunch and posted it on my blog http://portlandtraveler.tumblr.com/ with credit to you! Awesome healthy lunch:)
Nicole

Happiness Is... said...

I LIVE for Stacy's pita chips. Yum. Can't wait to try this salad soon!

Virginia Belle said...

This salad sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Megan said...

One of my favorite things on earth is greek food, especially a good greek salad. I love your addition of chick peas... going to try your version soon!

Lind Amick said...

Hi Nat! I can't wait to try the salad recipe. Tay gave me the margarita one, DELISH!! I hope that I will get to see you soon. I will be in Chas at the end of the month.

Whitney Otto said...

I love this salad! I have been eating it every day and can't get enough. I posted on my blog today!!

Whit

http://ottospinkelephant.blogspot.com/2011/10/eat-your-greens-chopped-greek-salad.html

lindsaysenker said...

Yum! Thanks for the great recipe!