Easy Summer Greek Salad
Onions contain antioxidants and compounds that fight inflammation, decrease triglycerides and reduce cholesterol levels — all of which may lower heart disease risk. Their potent anti-inflammatory properties may also help reduce high blood pressure and protect against blood clots.
Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
Olives are a healthy fat that contains anti-inflammatory compounds. Using it regularly may benefit your heart, bone, and digestive health and help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Cucumbers have a mild, refreshing taste and a high water content. They can help relieve dehydration and are pleasant to eat in hot weather.
Feta cheese is high in calcium and vitamin B12, which are good for your bones and provide natural energy.
With respect to vitamins, lettuce is a source of folate, a B vitamin needed to make and repair DNA in cells, and vitamin K, a nutrient linked to healthy bones. You also get potassium, a mineral important for healthy blood pressure, as well as a little calcium in lettuce.
Olive oil is a healthy fat that contains anti-inflammatory compounds. Using it regularly may benefit your heart, bone, and digestive health and help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
RED WINE VINEGAR
Red wine vinegar is loaded with healthy nutrients, including several key vitamins, minerals, and some iron and potassium.
Mustard is rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C and many of the B-complex vitamins.
Parsley works as a powerful natural diuretic and can help reduce bloating and blood pressure. Parsley is loaded with vitamin K, which has been linked to bone health. The vitamin supports bone growth and bone mineral density.
Since sodium plays a vital role in fluid balance, not getting enough of it can lead to dehydration, especially during high-intensity exercise.
Black pepper is a good source of manganese, a mineral that can help with bone health, wound healing, and metabolism.
1 small Red Onion, halved and thinly sliced. *
* Soak the red onion in a bowl of heavily salted ice water for 15 minutes.
4-5 tomatoes, quartered
1 cup olives, halved and pitted
5 Persian cucumbers
1 4-ounce block Greek feta cheese, packed in brine
1 head of chopped romaine lettuce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 TBSP red wine vinegar
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
1 tsp fresh parsley
1 tsp Italian Spice Blend
1/8 tsp salt
Black pepper to taste
Add lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives to a large bowl.
Drain the red onion, add to the bowl, and toss. Drain the feta and slice evenly
Combine ingredients in blender and blend on high to emulsify. Pour immediately onto prepared salad.