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Greek Salad

Low Carb Recipe

Three variations of Greek Salad - a basic version, a classic salad and a modern day Greek salad. Try all three!

Greek Salad

Basic Greek Salad

Add protein to this fabulous side dish Greek salad and it becomes a very posh summer lunch or supper.

10 lettuce leaves, torn into bite-size pieces
1/2 pound feta cheese
3 whole tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 whole cucumber, sliced diagonally
1/2 cup Kalamata olives
1 Spanish onion, finely bias sliced
1 scallion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced thin
6 radishes, sliced
1 teaspoon oregano

Dressing:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white wine, or vinegar
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon rind, grated
1 clove garlic, crushed

Recipe Directions

Combine first recipe ingredients.

Mix dressing ingredients in a jar. Shake well.

Pour dressing over salad when ready to serve. Garnish the salad with anchovies if desired.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes2 servings
Calories 358; Total Fat 32g; Cholesterol 34mg; Protein 7g; Total Carbohydrate 12g; Dietary Fiber 3g; Sodium 747mg

Calories from fat 79.1 percent
Exchanges: 1 Lean Meat; 1-1/2 Vegetable; 6 Fat


Classic Greek Salad

A Classic Greek Salad delight with Feta cheese, cucumber, Kalamata olives and Spanish onion.

Classic Greek Salad

10 lettuce leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 pound feta cheese
2 whole tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 whole cucumber, sliced diagonally
1/2 cup Kalamata olives
1 Spanish onion, finely bias sliced

Dressing
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white wine
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon rind, grated
1 clove garlic, crushed

Combine first six ingredients. Mix remaining ingredients in a jar. Shake well. Pour over salad when ready to serve.

Nutrition Information: Calories: 349; Total Fat: 32g; Cholesterol: 34mg; Protein: 7g; Total Carbohydrate: 10g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sodium: 744mg
Calories from fat: 81.2 percent
Exchanges: 1 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable, 6 Fat


Modern Day Greek Salad

Modern Day Greek Salad is a delicious variation of Greek Salad with chicken breast meat and shelled pistachios.

Salt and black pepper
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 cups Romaine lettuce, broken up
8 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup thinly sliced sweet red onion
1/3 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/3 cup shelled pistachios*
1 medium ripe tomato

*Look for these at Mediterranean or Middle Eastern groceries, or at health food stores with a good bulk section.

Preheat your electric tabletop grill while you salt and pepper the chicken lightly. Toss it on the grill, and set a timer for six minutes or so.

While the chicken is cooking, put the romaine, cilantro, and onion in a large salad bowl, pour on the dressing and toss well. Pile this mixture on two serving plates. Scatter the feta and pistachios over the greens.

When the chicken is done, slice it into strips and divide it between the two salads. Slice the tomato into eighths, arrange four slices around each salad, the serve. Yield: 2 large servings.

Nutrition information: 18 grams of carbohydrates and 7 grams of fiber, for a total of 11 grams of usable carbs and 40 grams of protein.