Crave’s delicious Greek salad celebrates a mix of fresh vegetables to boost your day and give you the energy you need for some real summer fun. A healthy relationship with food involves a trusting relationship with your body. You trust that your body is functioning to the best of its ability, and your body trusts that you will provide it with the proper nourishment in return. To eat healthy during summer, you need to take advantage of fresh produce. Slicing one cup of raw tomato for your lunch salad gives you as much as 40 percent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and 20 percent of your daily Vitamin A. Bell peppers make a colourful addition to a snack, salad or meal, but there is more to this crunchy fruit than meets the eye. Bell peppers contain phytochemicals called carotenoids, which give them their bright colours – and a diet high in carotenoid-dense foods has been associated with reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and agerelated eye diseases.
Crave Greek Salad
• 6 cherry tomatoes
• 1 whole (large) cucumber, peeled and diced into large chunks
• 1/2 whole red onion, sliced very thin
• 1/2 yellow bell peppers
• 30 whole pitted Kalamata olives, cut in half lengthwise, plus 6 olives, finely chopped
• 200 g crumbled feta cheese
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 2 olive oil vinaigrette
• 1 teaspoon sugar, or more to taste
• 1 garlic, minced
• Salt and freshly ground black
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
Add the chopped cucumber chunks, onion slices, halved olives, half the feta and cherry tomatoes to a large bowl. Combine the olive oil vinaigrette, sugar, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, oregano, pepper and chopped olives in a bowl. Whisk or shake together until combined. Taste and adjust. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients, then add some salt and pepper. Toss with tongs or clean hands. Just before serving, top with the remaining feta and squeeze a little lemon juice over the top.