Today is the final recipe in a 3 part series of healthy and easy summer salads. If you'd like to see more like this please let me know in the comments section below!
I'll be totally honest with you, it is not easy to make changes to your diet and nutrition! Especially when you have kids and your evenings are spent running the kids to countless activities. It doesn't leave much time for meal planning, grocery shopping or even cooking! One of things we struggled with when beginning our clean eating journey was keeping variety in our meal planning. I didn't always have time to search for and try new recipes. I needed things I could throw together quickly and without a lot of effort. We were no longer relying on the traditional 1 meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable dinner menu and we struggled to find ways to replace carb heavy sides with something different each day. It was easy to get stuck in a food rut.
I know we were not alone in our struggles. A major stumbling block for many new clean eaters is feeling like they have to completely abandon everything they used to eat. When every recipe is new it makes grocery shopping a chore (or more of a chore!) and it is exhausting trying to come up with a whole new rotation of meals. No one has time for that every day! I knew I needed an arsenal of things that I could throw together in a hurry without a lot of thought or a special trip to the store.
I decided to look to familiar recipes that I could easily vary and serve in a rotation without my family getting bored. This salad is one of those things. It was a favorite from my childhood that I modified by adding crumbled feta cheese and oregano. You can leave the feta out if you are avoiding dairy-the salad is delish either way! I also make this with mozzarella instead of feta and sometimes just using the tomatoes, cucumbers and onions quickly tossed with the simple vinaigrette.
This salad is a summer favorite because it makes use of our bumper crop of tomatoes and cucumbers from our little backyard garden. If there is something better than warm tomatoes fresh from your own garden I don't know what it is! The vinegar dressing makes it a great choice for picnics since it can safely sit at room temperature much longer than a creamy salad. I hope your family loves this salad as much as we do! Drop me a note and let me know how you liked it!
1 seedless cucumber, peeled, quartered and sliced
2 tomatoes, diced -or- halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup black olives
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
pepper to taste
Place tomatoes, cucumber, onions, olives and cheese in bowl. In a separate bowl whisk all other ingredients together. Drizzle dressing over salad ingredients and gently combine. Chill until ready to serve.
Hi! I'm Erica, a fitness and healthy food loving wife and mother of three here to inspire you on your wellness journey!