Saturday, April 17, 2010

It's All Greek To Me...

We have a couple of fabulous Greek Restaurants in our city and it’s fast becoming one of my favorite foods. My vegetarian daughter introduced me to Greek Pizza and I loved it but realized I could have all the goodness of those black olives and feta cheese without the guilt by making a salad instead.

So here’s a really tasty Greek Pasta Salad. And I often use a purchased low fat salad dressing to make it an even quicker meal for those warm evenings when I don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.

Greek Pasta Salad

Serves 8
WW Points - 7
• Salad:
• 12 ozs (375 g) bow-tie pasta
• 2 2/4 cups (675 ml) diced tomatoes
• 1 cup (250 ml) diced cucumbers
• 1 cup (250 ml) diced sweet green peppers
• 3/4 cup (175 ml) sliced red onions
• 3 1/2 ozs (90 g) crumbled feta cheese
• 1/3 cup (75 ml) sliced black olives
• 1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tbsp (15 ml) dried)
• Dressing:
• 1/4 cup (50 ml) olive oil
• 3 tbsp (45 ml) lemon juice
• 2 tbsp (25 ml) water
• 2 tbsp (25 ml) balsamic vinegar
• 2 tsp (10 ml) crushed garlic

1. Cook pasta according to package instructions or until firm to the bite. Rinse in cold water. Drain and place in a serving bowl.
2. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, feta cheese, olives and oregano.
3. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, combine oil, lemon juice, water, vinegar and garlic until mixed. Pour over pasta and toss.


Tawny on April 17, 2010 at 7:36 PM said...

Ohhhhh this looks amazingly delish!!!

Michelle Butler on April 18, 2010 at 3:49 PM said...

This looks great! How filling is it? Can it serve as a meal? The only protein is the cheese, right?

Anne MacFarlane on April 18, 2010 at 6:13 PM said...

Yes, only the feta cheese for protein. But you could add a couple of ounces of grilled chicken and use a low-fat dressing instead of the one in the recipe to keep the points/calories about the same.

Michelle Butler on April 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM said...

Thanks, Anne! I do usually need at least some protein in a main meal to feel full. I think I'll try this recipe with added beans or chicken.

Debra Key Newhouse on April 23, 2010 at 6:07 PM said...

I bet this would be good with some garbanzo beans and kidney beans added. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!

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