Greek Salad with a Lemon Garlic Dressing

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This Greek salad with lemon garlic dressing recipe is as wonderful for a potluck get-together as it is for an everyday meal. As with traditional Greek salad recipes, this dish is colourful and fresh tasting, but has the unique addition of a lemon garlic dressing. Lemon is such a recognizable flavour in Greek cuisine, that it makes complete sense to use it in this tossed salad recipe. For simple healthy meals, serve this Greek salad recipe with chicken breast that has been poached in a combination of lemon juice and chicken stock, and some brown rice, or eat it with some grilled lamb chips and herbed roasted potatoes.

Often when people think of healthy food ideas, salad recipes come to mind, but while your everyday tossed salad may be delicious, they can become tiring over time. This Greek salad recipe will be a new side dish to add to your weekly meal rotation and help you maintain your healthy lifestyle. A major bonus to this easy salad recipe is the fact that it uses a homemade dressing versus a store-bought one. Commercial salad dressings are often high in sodium, whereas you can control the amount of added salt in a homemade vinaigrette.

The lemon garlic dressing recipe uses healthy olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic as the main flavour components, but it gets rounded out by extra tanginess from red wine vinegar and dried oregano. Since this vinaigrette recipe uses so few ingredients, it is necessary to use the best quality ingredients you can find. Instead of pure olive oil, use extra virgin olive oil, which is a cold-pressed olive oil. This oil has a lower smoke point than other olive oils, so it’s not as good for cooking with, but the fact that it is cold pressed means that its olive flavour has been preserved and that its antioxidants are better maintained than in olive oils extracted with higher heat.

Eating healthy food doesn’t have to be challenging, as long as you stick with real food and shop the perimeter of your grocery store. This healthy Greek salad recipe relies primarily on whole ingredients like Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers for their refreshing tastes and nutrition. Although you may think that greens don’t have much nutrition at all, romaine lettuce is actually very high in both vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as five other nutrients. Sometimes you won’t need a whole bunch of lettuce to feed your family and you may want to scale this Greek salad recipe down to suit your needs. If you find that you have a lot of romaine lettuce leftover, you can easily revive it for your next meal, by setting the leaves in ice water for twenty minutes. The leaves will soak up the water and become crisp again for the next time you are ready to make this Lemony Greek salad recipe. Thank you to Pam, the author of ‘For the Love of Cooking’ recipe blog, for showing us how to make her healthy Greek salad with lemon garlic dressing recipe.**

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