Our Mediterranean Spinach Salad Recipe is a colorful salad that’s large enough to feed a crowd! You know, it’s been said that we first eat with our eyes… which activates our tastes buds and then all the magic of a meal begins. I quite love vegetables… each with their individual colors, textures, and flavors that makes them unique. When they are brought together in this appetizing salad, it’s purely magical. Today’s Mediterranean medley has heirloom tomatoes, multi-colored petite peppers, mini cucumbers, spinach, kalamata olives, and greek feta cheese. Oh, and we can’t forget the dried oregano, olive oil, and sea salt– it’s everything your tastebuds can imagine, plus all the healthy benefits of the Mediterranean! χαίρομαι!! Enjoy!
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Healthy benefits of our Mediterranean Spinach Salad Recipe
• Tomatoes- Antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
• Peppers- Red, Orange, and Yellow Bell Peppers are full of great health benefits—they’re packed with vitamins and low in calories! They are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Bell Peppers also contain a healthy dose of fiber, folate, and iron.
• Cucumbers- Good sources of fiber, particularly in the skin. They also provide potassium and magnesium. The AHA also recommend reducing sodium and increasing potassium intake to help prevent high blood pressure. The cucurbitacins in cucumber may also help prevent atheroslcerosis.
• Spinach- An excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folate as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health and it is difficult to find vegetables richer in vitamin K than spinach.
• Kalamata Olives- Good source of fiber, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K. They also provide some magnesium, phosphorous and potassium per serving as well as B vitamins.
• Greek Feta Cheese- Feta is a brined, white cheese with a soft and creamy texture. Compared to other cheeses, it’s low in calories and fat. It also contains a high amount of B vitamins, phosphorus and calcium, which can benefit bone health. Additionally, feta contains beneficial bacteria and fatty acids.
• Oregano- Leaves of the oregano plant have antispasmodic, antiseptic, carminative, diaphoretic, increase bile secretion, expectorant and stimulant. Oregano has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic activities.
• Olive Oil- Is widely recognized as one of the world’s healthiest oils. In fact, people tend to live longer and healthier lives in regions where olive oil is a staple part. It is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, contains large amounts of antioxidants, strong anti-inflammatory properties, may help prevent strokes, protective against heart disease.
This week I got to celebrate three months since my last chemo treatment. Before you start rolling your eyes or raising eyebrows in my direction I will let you know; yes, I will be counting down the first year in months, after that I will go ahead and only celebrate, at least publicly, on the year.
It has been three months since I had sat in chair for hours while different meds were rotated through the port in my chest. Meds that would consequently leave me drained and fatigued, unable to form a clear thought for days, nauseous and unable to eat, and so many other consequences that pretty much left me frustrated and unrecognizable to myself.
This week I celebrate my taking time to recognize my strengths, my abilities. I am taking time to appreciate myself. It took getting cancer for me to truly appreciate myself. Now I must work to make sure that I continue to appreciate myself, continue to recognize my strengths.
In the past few weeks I have changed the title of my page, removing the word fitness. Throughout the years I have come to recognize the importance of overall health. Health that goes beyond the scope of the gym and what you put in your mouth. Instead I want to focus on a fit mind, fit soul and heart, and fit body.
So this week I challenge you to take inventory of yourself. Take some time to recognize all of your strengths, all of your abilities. And what better time to take inventory than at the end of the year. Recognize all you have accomplished this year. Remember to focus on the positives.
Enjoy our Mediterranean Spinach Salad Recipe and some of these, too!
- Tropical Avocado Kale Salad
- Peach, Gorgonzola Cheese, and Chicken Salad
- Apple Cucumber Tossed Salad
- Roasted Mushroom, Avocado, and Ricotta Salad
- Blueberry, Almond, Chicken Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
- Pear, Blackberry, and Ricotta Spinach Salad
- Asian Pear, Avocado, and Blue Cheese Salad
- Salmon Avocado Salad
- Red Wine Dijon Vinaigrette
- Lemon Honey Vinaigrette Recipe
- Apple Cinnamon Vinaigrette
- Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
- 4 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 2 cups heirloom petite tomatoes, halved
- 3 petite cucumbers, sliced
- 6-7 multicolored petite peppers, sliced into rounds
- 1 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
- 3 ounces greek feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
- extra virgin olive oil, for serving
- In large serving bowl; layer assorted vegetables and kalamata olives between 2 cups of evenly distributed spinach; repeat.
- Finish top with assorted vegetables, kalamata olives, greek feta cheese, dried oregano, and coarse sea salt.
- Serve with extra virgin olive oil.
Enjoy our Mediterranean Spinach Salad Recipe! 🙂
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 709mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g
Bring home some Mediterranean Spinach Salad Recipe for dinner tonight!
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