Today’s post isn’t so much a recipe as it is me proving a point… to myself.
Eating delicious salads every day doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank.
I often shy away from buying lots of salad stuff because if I buy all of the really delicious ingredients, the cost can pile up. And by “good ingredients” I mean things like nuts, fancy cheeses, dried fruit… you know, the GOOD stuff. But then I remembered Budget Bytes Principle #2: adding a just little bit of really flavorful ingredients makes a huge flavor impact without hugely impacting the wallet.
So, instead of making a huge greek salad with tons of vegetables, feta, fancy olives, sun dried tomatoes, pickled peppers and all the rest, I scaled it back a bit. I was still able to accomplish the pungent greek flavor without going crazy with the ingredients and spending tons of money.
I used simple vegetables (romaine lettuce, cucumber and tomato) and added a little feta cheese (portion control is key) and some plain jane green (manzanilla) olives. Yeah, I would have loved Kalamata but the green olives were super inexpensive and still gave me that briny, salty, olive flavor that I was craving. The Kalamatas can wait for a special occasion!
Easy Greek Salad
- ¼ head romaine lettuce $0.40
- 1 medium roma tomato $0.19
- ¼ medium cucumber $0.17
- 2 Tbsp feta cheese $0.21
- approx. 10 green olives $0.24
- Wash and slice the whole cucumber. Keep the cucumber refrigerated in a re-sealable container in the refrigerator up to 5 days. If you wish to prep the lettuce ahead of time you can wash, drain well then chop the lettuce. Keep the lettuce in a re-sealable bag or container with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture. Drain the lettuce as much as possible prior to refrigeration. I just washed and chopped my lettuce daily, it only took 5 minutes.
- When you’re ready to prep the salad, slice the tomato and roughly chop the olives. Layer the lettuce, cucumber, tomato, olives and feta in a bowl. Top with your desired dressing and dig in!
Making a series of homemade salad dressing is on my “to do” list for the blog. So, please, no lectures about my store bought balsamic vinaigrette in the photos! hahahhah.