Test Kitchen: Sargent Choice Chopped Greek Salad

Mia Sugarman, SAR Dietetics ‘22

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Sargent Choice Chopped Green Salad

Greek Salad

Recipe modified from CookieandKate
Yield: 8 Servings

Greek Salad Ingredients:

10 ounces chopped romaine lettuce (about 2 medium or 3 small heads, chopped)
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 medium cucumber (about 8 ounces), seeded and chopped
1 yellow or orange bell pepper (optional)
½ medium red onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ cup pitted and halved Kalamata olives
6 ounces feta cheese, sliced into ¼” cubes (about 1 ¼ cups)

Greek Vinaigrette Ingredients:

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
½ teaspoon salt, more to taste
Pinch of red pepper flakes, for heat (optional)

 Directions:

  1. In a large serving bowl, combine the chopped lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, onion, parsley, olives and feta. Toss the ingredients together and set aside
  2. To prepare the vinaigrette, combine all of the ingredients in a liquid measuring cup or a dressing mixer. Whisk until blended. Taste, and add more vinegar if you’d like a tangier dressing, or more honey for a sweeter dressing
  3. If you’ll be serving all of the salad at once, go ahead and drizzle enough dressing in to lightly coat the salad and toss to combine. Refrigerate dressing and salad separately.
  4. To round out this salad as a full meal, add a whole grain, such as brown rice, bulgur wheat, farro, whole wheat pasta, and a protein, like chicken, tofu, beans, eggs, or falafel.

What we liked:

  • The salad was full of different vegetables, which gave it lots of color and a crunchy texture.
  • The salad portion size can be adjusted, served as a meal or as a side salad.
  • The recipe is quick and dorm friendly – no special appliances needed.

Suggestions:

  • Wait to apply the vinaigrette until you are ready to eat the salad, storing the salad separate from the vinaigrette.
  • Add additional protein, like nuts, seeds and tofu, or try different vegetables to provide more flavor and texture.

Nutritional Value:

  • All of the vegetables provide health-promoting vitamins and minerals, as well as filling power from fiber and water!
  • The olives contain heart healthy monounsaturated fats.
  • The feta cheese is a good source of protein and calcium.

    Greek Salad

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