It’s in the air… floral, warmth and chirping birds! Yes spring HELLO! April is such a crazy month, we’ll have warmth and sun one day and then rain and clouds for the next three. But after all of it what we have to remember is that summer is on the way! And that means beach and pool and barbecues! Last summer was hard for me because I had a lot of summer school (Monday to Thursday 9 to 5 Chemistry… blah!), but this summer it’s all about the sun. I need vitamin D and a great tan! So now it’s time for a summer slim down.
Let me start by saying tonights dinner did not in any way feel like a slimming meal!! Yes, it was a salad. But no, it’s no ordinary salad! Ryan and I made this sort of deconstructed Greek salad last summer that we modeled from a Clean Eating Magazine recipe and this was again a model on the salad. We just chose the ingredients we had on hand and what we thought would be great in the salad. Of course, no feta, but it wasn’t missed!
Greek Antipasto Salad
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 large English cucumber, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 14 oz. can artichokes, chopped
1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans
1 3.8 oz. can black olives
1/2 cup packed and chopped basil leaves
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp. distilled vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. dried parsely
1/2 tsp. dried garlic (or if you have time to marinate this dressing use fresh garlic cloves)
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Spinach as the base of the salad (optional)
Prepare all the vegetables (washing, chopping, and can opening) and put them in a large mixing bowl.
Meanwhile, prepare the dressing in a bowl or a jar with a tight sealing lid.
Pour the dressing over the vegetable and toss. This yields four 1 1/2 cup portions, and these are hefty portions. I created a bed of spinach and poured the 1 1/2 cups salad over top. I also put 2 Tbsp. original tahini hummus over top. Ryan had his with spinach, a whole wheat pita and some hummus (grinder style).
Approximate calories (including spinach and hummus): 324!! And all these calories are nutrient dense and great for slimming down. It’s not every day that a salad can fill you up and satisfy your cravings, right?