It's been said that I could have a fresh Greek salad plate with every meal!
Well, the thought of premium tomatoes, baladi cucumbers, green and red peppers, red onions, jumbo kalamata olives, Greek feta and extra virgin olive oil is simply mouthwatering. :-)
Wash the tomatoes, cucumbers, green and red peppers, and the lemon. Cut the tomatoes and both peppers in inched-sized pieces. Peel half of cucumbers in stripes and cut round pieces a quarter of an inch thick. Cut the onion in wedges and mix all the vegetables in a serving bowl. Remove the pits of the kalamata olives and add the to the mix. Crumble the Greek feta cheese on top of the salad. Squeeze the lemon so that the juice goes into it. Then, add the extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and do a final mix of the salad. Some people even add a touch of oregano.
You're now ready to eat a delicious Greek salad!
Why is olive oil so good and yet so healthy at the same time?
We're used to having to choose between the two. For example, when we're presented with food that tastes like cardboard but we're told is full of organic, unsweetened fiber. ;-)
Well, olive oil is mostly composed of mono unsaturated
fatty acids. These acids can help lower the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels. They can
also help normalize blood clotting and be beneficial to blood sugar control (re: diabetes). Olive oil is rich as well in antioxidants and in vitamin E, which are believed to play a role in cancer prevention.
So, enjoy olive oil in its many uses, mainly culinary ... and remember that the secret is to add olive oil to other quality ingredients (e.g. tomatoes, feta, arugula, bocconcini, etc) to end up with absolutely delicious and healthy food!