Since reading Cholesterol Clarity, I’ve been rocking out with the Low Carb/High Fat way of eating. (I’ve been trying to do this for a nearly year now and have finally figured it out… more details to come in an upcoming post.) I found my way to this salad when I was looking to swap my usual yogurt and fruit combo with something a little lower in sugar and carbs.
Let me cut right to the chase: I’m still a little shocked at how much I love this salad. This is officially My New Favorite Lunch, I’ve eaten more days in a row than I can count.
Chopped Greek Salad with Yogurt Dressing
1/2 de-seeded tomato, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
a few inches seedless cucumber, chopped
10 or so Kalamata olives, chopped
Move vegetables into a large mixing bowl,
and then add:
1/2+ c full fat Greek yogurt
a splash of extra virgin olive oil
a splash of apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar or lemon juice)
sprinkle of S&P and garlic powder
Mix and serve!
Even Zak (The Yogurt Hater) likes this, so if you aren’t usually a fan of yogurt, you still might enjoy this salad. The cucumbers and (especially!) the Kalamata olives are my favorite ingredients here (I use to be The Olive Hater!) they are an important part of what makes this salad so good.
As a meal, this would serve one, but it could also serve two as a side dish. A 1/2 c or so of Greek yogurt provides a nice amount of protein and fat to make a satisfying meal or hearty snack, but if I was serving this as a side, I might go a little lighter on the yogurt. This was originally meant to replace fruit and yogurt, so going heavier on the yogurt doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. In my mind, I’ve just swapped fruit for some of my favorite salad veggies, no big deal. But this much mayo would be gag worthy, and if you were serving this someone else they might think “are you nuts?” (and then I would think “ooooh, yes! let’s add some nuts!”)
A pretty serving dish is nice, but I’ve also been known to eat straight from the mixing bowl or better yet, load all chopped vegetables right into the Fage container if I’m near the bottom. I’ll happily go to town straight from the yogurt the tub, rinse and recycle, BOOM the dishes are done!
This would be easy to make ahead of time for a packed lunch or snack, you could also add some cooked chicken or turkey or fresh herbs – lots of room here to suit your own needs and tastes.
If you try it, I’d love to know what you think!