I made this salad the other week when I bought a huge bag of red seedless grapes for snacks. Red grapes with aged cheddar cheese is one of my newest favourite snacks, especially when making it on my own becomes much cheaper than buying the pre-made packs from the grocery store.
The problem with living on your own or having only two people in the house is that food can go to waste easily. Especially produce. Especially greens; which you bought to start getting healthy, and then never ended up eating because the thought of eating salads everyday is off-putting. I will often buy arugula because leafy greens are packed with nutrients, and arugula has a bite to it (which indicates that it has even more benefits than more mild greens). However, I rarely finish it all before it gets brown and soggy in the fridge.
Not this time though. I finally found another salad recipe that I actually enjoyed and was craving every day. This used to be the case with my Quinoa and Chickpea Salad, but I ate it so much that I could no longer stomach it. So this new Mediterranean style salad has been my saving grace for getting greens in again without having to blend them up into smoothies. It’s also super simple with barely any cutting and few ingredients, so it’s not a hassle to make.
I use the same Sesame Dressing which you can get from Renée’s, Presidents Choice, or even from a Freshii recipe. This dressing is my main go-to for making sure that I love my salads. I recommend that you find this dressing for yourself. Whether it is the same Renée’s Asian Sesame Dressing as mine, a balsamic dijon vinaigrette, or simply some lemon juice with salt and pepper… if it makes you want to eat greens again, use it!
The only trick to eating healthy is eating healthy foods that you’re actually going to eat. Not eating cookies to lose weight and then wondering why you can’t stop eating cookies and sweets, not cutting bread and pasta until you binge on it for a month and wonder where your life has gone. However, just because something is relatively healthy, doesn’t mean that you can eat however much of it that you can or might want to. Salad dressings are usually quite high in fats, and therefore quite high in calories. If you’re sitting at a desk all day like most of the Western world and expending barely any energy, you don’t need to be taking in as much energy. So having a salad dressing that gets you to eat salads is great, just don’t drown your poor little greens in it.
There is something important about my diet that I haven’t explained in previous posts. I have mentioned several times that I love indulging in feta. Feta makes everything betta, right? Well the most important part of the reason why I love feta is that I buy goat’s milk feta. Goat’s milk is much much lower in lactose, so those with intolerance may actual be able to eat it. Since it has less sugar (lactose) in it, it is also lower in calories. It also contains more protein, calcium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, and way more potassium than cow’s milk. Most importantly, traditional Greek feta is made with goat’s milk, so it actually tastes more like the real thing.
- Renée’s Asian Sesame Dressing (not sponsored, just love them)
- red seedless grapes, halved
- goat’s milk feta
- sesame seeds
- Put everything in a bowl.