Thursday, February 9, 2023

My Favorite Mediterranean Salad-

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What's for lunch today? Try my favorite Mediterranean salad which makes a beautiful presentation and is packed with delicious healthy ingredients. 

I was invited to my friend 💗 Lorrie's house for lunch yesterday. 
Knowing that I am vegan and gluten free, Lorrie often makes me this beautiful salad which includes protein (chickpeas) and walnuts to make it more satisfying. I am always delighted with this Mediterranean dish and enjoyed every morsel. She adds some cold cooked salmon to her salad and we are both happy.💖

This salad is also versatile. I've made variations with sliced avocado, parsley, cilantro and cooked rice on dark greens.

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Lorrie makes this incredible salad with greens on the bottom which you can't actually see in the photo.

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It's a copy cat recipe (with a vegan twist) from a local Florida restaurant (Sicilian Oven), which we frequent.

Raw salad vegetables contain valuable enzymes that only raw vegetables can provide. Cooked food just doesn't. It's important to eat greens and salad everyday for their unique health benefits. 

There are so many ways to prepare salads they just don't get boring. 

My Favorite Salad

Greens of choice (I use romaine or a curly green, chopped)
1 cup of walnuts
1 cup of cooked chickpeas
1 cup of red onion, sliced 
1 cup of chopped tomatoes
1 cup of chopped red, yellow, or orange peppers
1 cup of pitted kalamata olives
1 cup of cucumbers
1/2 cup of jarred red pepper strips (pimentos)

Place the washed and chopped greens in a large wide bowl (enough to cover almost the top of the bowl) Add each of the ingredients individually to form a topping to the salad as shown in the photo.  Bring to table and toss at the table. I eat mine plain but you could toss with your favorite dressing.

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  1. Oh dear, we are on the same page here! This salad is so vibrant, healthy and still budget friendly!!!!!! Thank you for sharing it!

  2. Sorry if this is a duplicate. My post disappeared. I love salads and make one very similar to this. I'm not trying to rush winter away but fresh herbs and veggie season will be here soon and I can't wait.

  3. I just put some salad ingredients on my grocery list. Now I need to add a few more!

  4. We have a salad garden and eat salads every day. Thanks for the inspiration to try something new.
    from Tandy I Lavender and Lime

  5. That looks so fresh and full of goodness! I love esp. the olives.

  6. Mmmm.... I love fresh salads, but here in the winter, I tend to rely on lots of various kinds of slaws with thinly sliced parsley; sometimes walnuts. Your Greek salad combo looks fabulous; as does the kale & blueberry salad. Will have to give these a try.

  7. Yummm! Looks so delish and refreshing!

    Hugs and blessings, Judee.

  8. Very happy you posted this one! That looks wonderful and I will attempt a copycat of it soon.

  9. I love how fresh this salad sounds. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Love these styles of salads. They are perfect for lunch or dinner. Healthy and delicious.


  11. My salads always look so boring compared to these.

    Thanks for sharing with Weekend Cooking!

  12. Judee, I don't blame you for this being your favorite Mediterranean's GORGEOUS! Full of so many healthy, fresh, raw ingredients! Gotta love it. I'm embarking on the KETO bandwagon and enjoying all of these new, healthy recipes! YUM!

  13. So colourful and inviting :)

    All the best Jan

  14. All good salad ideas! Fresh combinations are always appealing.

    best… mae at

  15. How BEAUTIFUL!! This looks delicious and I have all of the ingredients on hand. Happy Valentine's Day, Judee.

  16. Who doesn't love Mediterranean Cuisine - it offers so many hearty and delicious yet healthy dishes! This is an excellent salad with some great flavours and textures; I particularly love the addition of walnuts.

  17. Such a bright and beautiful salad! Not to mention very Florida! I'm glad you had such a lovely lunch with your friend. 🥗🥗🥗

  18. Wow the pictures make that salad look amazing. How healthy!

  19. WOW you're talking my language - salad. Thanks for sharing at SSPG #250. Welcome and hope to see you on a regular basis. Shared on SM


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