I love Greek salad! How can you go wrong with a fresh salad that gets even better as it sits in the fridge??!! Tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, fresh herbs & onion tossed in an olive oil, lemon & red wine vinegar vinaigrette, a big bowl of goodness Ready 10 minutes!
I gave this Greek salad a Pure Foods twist by using Cashew cheese (detailed below, it's really good!) and roasted crispy chickpeas for an added crunch.

difficulty level: very easy!

prep + cook time: 10 minutes

equipment needed: none

what you need:

for salad:

  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch cubes. I like orange or yellow peppers, they are milder in flavor and add beautiful color.
  • 2 cups Persian cucumbers (or English) seeded and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. roughly 5 Persian cucumbers
  • 10 oz Cherry tomatoes halved, roughly 2 cups not packed
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, or olives of choice
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, you can simply rinse some canned chickpeas, or you can use crispy roasted chickpeas such as my balsamic roasted crunchy garbanzo & black beans (you can omit the black beans)
  • 1/4 or 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion, according to preference
  • 1/4 chopped fresh parsley
  • 1.5 oz crumbled Treeline Aged Artisanal Nut Cheese, I found this at Whole foods, you can check out their products on http://www.treelinecheese.com/products/ it's delicious! gives that amazing Feta style creamy tangy salty flavor to the salad.
  • 5 oz (4-5 cups) chopped up mini lettuce mix, i used a House Mix that had Lollo Rosa Lettuce (curly purple and green leaves) with Radicchio & frisee. Use any neutral baby lettuce leaves. I would not recommend spinach or arugula for this recipe
  • optional: 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves chopped coarsely & freshly grated lemon zest

for Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tbsp lemon
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp stevia powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano

what to do:

  • mix dressing ingredients in a small mason jar or glass
  • mix all salad ingredients in a big bowl
  • pour dressing on salad mix well and enjoy!!!!