Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

Greek Salad
Serves 3

Craving a fresh salad with all kinds of crunchy vegetables, salty olives and creamy cheese?  This this delicious, healthy Greek salad served with warm pita bread.  The recipe makes enough for a lovely lunch for three.  For an evening meal, try serving it with any grill pork or chicken entrée.

1 large head Romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
4 fresh ripe tomatoes, diced in large chunks
1 English cucumber, peeled, quartered and diced in chunks
½ red onion, sliced thinly
30 whole pitted Kalamata olives, cut in half
5 ounces crumbled or cubed feta cheese
¼ cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Fresh lemon juice to taste

Add chopped lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, olives, half the feta, and parsley to a large salad bowl.  Combine olive oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper in a separate bowl.  Whisk together until combined.  Taste and adjust seasonings (especially sugar).

Pour dressing over salad ingredients, then add salt and pepper.  Toss.  Just before serving, top with remaining feta and squeeze a little lemon juice over the top to taste.

Per Serving: 158 Calories; 12g Fat (65.8% calories from fat); 3g Saturated Fat; 5g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 13mg Cholesterol; 454mg Sodium. 
Exchanges: ½ Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Recipe is low fat, low calorie, diabetic friendly and gluten free.

Recipe courtesy of LowFatLifestyle.com.  Visit them on the web for more free recipes and healthy-cooking tips.