I love eating salads especially during summer time when cooking something else seems such a burden.
It’s a light dish, recommended by most diets, it’s very healthy because of all the vitamins and nutrients you can get from it and it can be very delicious if you know how to ‘cook’ it.
In fact, it’s not a big philosophy to make a salad because you can add to it any type of vegetable you want.
I personally like the one where the main ingredient is the romaine lettuce not only because of its taste but also because it is a guarantee for a salad packed with nutrients.
Vitamin K, vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese Chromium, Potassium, Dietary fiber, Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6, Calcium, Proteins, Omega 3 fatty acids are jut some of the vitamins and nutrients it contains. The vitamin C and the beta carotene in this lettuce are like a magic potion for a healthy heart. And the best thing about it is that it only has 15 calories per serving (2 cups~100grams).
You can add tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions or a red one thinly sliced, some olives, dill or parsley and other legumes you usually use in your salads. To make it even more delicious you should use a Tzatziki dressing, very popular in Greece. I should warn you it has a very special taste and you’ll just love it.
For the Tzatziki dressing you will need:
- 1 cup of low fat yogurt
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 or 3 teaspoons)
- Salt and pepper
- 2 or 3 garlic cloves
- And the key ingredient: finely chopped peeled cucumber* (half medium one or 1/3 of cup)
*Sometimes I replace the fresh cucumber with a pickle. In this case instead of the lemon juice I use little bit of olive oil. It tastes great this way.
This dressing can be modified according to your taste. If you feel that you want to add some other spices, like oregano for example, feel free to do it. This dressing goes with a variety of salads and has very few calories. So, Bon Appetite!
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