I love a Greek salad. Reminds me of the olden days when I had time for holidays – biking up a hot winding road, wearing a bikini, with the smell of wild herbs and the sound of goat bells coming from the dusty roadside. Stopping at a taverna and ordering an ice cold Amstel and a Greek salad – literally nothing to do all afternoon except take in views of the sea.
That beautifully relaxing and warm thought can be brought to life a little bit in your kitchen. Use the ripest juiciest tomatoes you can find, and proper feta cheese, and good extra virgin olive oil. In a couple of parts of Greece they peel the cucumber but I leave the skin on for its nutrients and fibre. Kalamata olives are an authentic addition; lettuce isn’t. You can use a single cool white salty slab of feta of break it into cubes – I love to see a big chunk of it as that’s how I have mostly eaten it on holiday.
Fresh basil is shown in the picture as I had some calling to me and I’m so in love with Basil, but I’ve never had Greek salad with fresh basil in Greece.
Ummm. Put it all in a bowl and eat it!
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a pokey antioxidant. Antioxidants are like bouncers at a night club, they go around finding stray electrons that are busy causing trouble in your body, and find them a love partner so they can both stay in and cuddle on the sofa.
Tomatoes are also a brilliant source of vitamin C, which supports skin and connective tissue health as well as immunity and iron absorption. The biotin in tomatoes is good for controlling blood sugar.
Cheese is not only gorgeous to eat but provides some important nutrients including phosphorus, calcium and vitamin B12. Phosphorus forms part of every one of our cells, so is pretty important! It’s actually quite abundant in the diet so you don’t have to OD on cheese – sorry 🙂
Calcium is not only good for teeth and bones but helps to balance the PH of the blood as well as assisting with nerve signals and muscle function. B12 performs a lot of functions but its main claim to fame is red blood cell production.
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