Chopped Greek Salad

Alot of you asked me to share my daily lunch recipe for my chopped Greek Salad. I have been making small tweaks weekly but this is currently what I think is the perfect combo. I use spinach as my lettuce because I love it and dark greens are so good for you. I have tried it with Romain and it is good as well, so use whatever lettuce you have/like. I have also used white beans if I am out of chickpeas, so make substitutions with what you have. I love the addition of the crumbled pita chips it gives the salad a great crunch.

I added the ingredients of this salad in my “Lose It” app on my iPhone to calculate the calories and it came in right over 400 calories which I think is perfect for a lunch. Trust me I always make a huge salad, so you can eat alot for 400 calories. This is a healthy lunch you don’t have to feel guilty eating because you are getting so many fresh vegetables in one serving. Enjoy!



CHOPPED GREEK SALAD
-spinach julienne sliced
-handful chickpeas rinsed
-1 small tomato diced
-diced cucumber
-diced red onion
-diced yellow bell pepper (I usually quarter it so I can use it for 4 salads)
-diced kalamata olives (I always use 7)
-crumbled feta cheese (I think it makes such a difference to buy fresh good feta. I use the kind that comes in water.)
-handful of crumbled pita chips (I prefer Stacy’s whole wheat pita chips)

Mix all ingredients together and toss with red wine vinegar dressing. I usually let my salad sit for a minute or two so the dressing gets absorbed and covers everything.

RED WINE VINEGAR DRESSING
-about 1 tablespoon olive oil
-about 1/8 cup Red Wine Vinegar
-dash of salt and pepper
Whisk all together. Add more red wine vinegar if needed. I occasionally add in a bit of fresh lemon juice if I have a lemon. I sometimes also add a little chopped fresh dill or parsley to the dressing. Just taste as you make it, I love the red wine vinegar flavor so I use alot of it, but you can definitely do less.

22 Comments

  1. July 13, 2011 / 11:56 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I always need new lunch ideas because I get bored easily with sandwiches but I think this could be a long-term staple!

  2. July 13, 2011 / 12:17 pm

    Thank you for posting! I love how you use exactly 7 olives. 🙂

  3. July 13, 2011 / 12:54 pm

    This sounds great because I love feta but hate cooking on the weekends. I like that you just 'assemble' this. Have a great day!!

  4. July 13, 2011 / 1:04 pm

    I make a very similair salad so it's great to know the calorie count now! Although I think I put wayyyy too many olives in!

  5. July 13, 2011 / 1:05 pm

    this sounds so refreshing and delicious. i've been in a lunch rut lately so i'm excited to switch it up and try this!

  6. July 13, 2011 / 1:44 pm

    Looks like I will be going to Trader Joe's today!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. July 13, 2011 / 2:21 pm

    Thank you! Thank you 🙂 This sounds great! I can't wait to try it!

  8. This just might be lunch today (c: My favorite part of the whole salad are the kalamata olives and the feta…oh yeeeeeeah…nothing like a great salad in the summertime!

  9. July 13, 2011 / 4:41 pm

    YUM. this seriously so good – and like a salad that would actually keep me full until dinner!

  10. July 13, 2011 / 6:47 pm

    Looks fresh and delicious. Perfect summer salad. Will definitely try making this week!

  11. July 13, 2011 / 7:19 pm

    Cannot wait to try it – sounds so good!

  12. July 13, 2011 / 11:39 pm

    I LIVE for Stacy's pita chips. Yum. Can't wait to try this salad soon!

  13. July 13, 2011 / 11:55 pm

    This salad sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  14. July 14, 2011 / 12:53 am

    One of my favorite things on earth is greek food, especially a good greek salad. I love your addition of chick peas… going to try your version soon!

  15. July 14, 2011 / 2:20 am

    Hi Nat! I can't wait to try the salad recipe. Tay gave me the margarita one, DELISH!! I hope that I will get to see you soon. I will be in Chas at the end of the month.

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