During the summer months, I find myself reaching for quick, simple and fresh salad recipes, with a little crunch! I have been making this Simple Greek Veggie Salad since college and it never lets me down. You can’t really go wrong with this one! It doesn’t last as long in the fridge as my other salad recipes because the cucumber and olives can get soggy, (unless you add the dressing as needed!) but it only lasted us two days anyway. On a hot summer day, fresh, cold veggies are heavenly. I love when I crave veggies, I am sure some of you know what I mean! The healthiest craving of all. If you are craving raw fresh vegetables, you must be doing something right! At least that is how my mind works haha.
On another note, my mind was playing tricks on me last night! My love is out of town for business this week and its rare that I have to stay alone in the house. Eek! Not only do I think/know this house is haunted (I’ll save the ghost stories for another day) I will say we had to switch bedrooms because our sleep was disrupted one too many times.. but when you are alone, the creepy, mysterious sounds are intensified and somehow become more real. And when Taz is standing in a room staring at nothing, for a long period of time, you start to wonder even more. I purposely left lights on throughout the house last night (I am a big baby, I know!!) And I had the TV/music on all day to drown out any creepy noises. Mainly, Orange is the New Black, which is my new obsession. Marty and I are pretty much attached at the hip so I count on him to scare off the ghosts haha. I told myself I am 25 and am acting like a child, I need to grow up. So it was time for bed and I had no trouble falling asleep, until my eyes pop open at 3:30, and I find myself gasping for air, heart beating fast. Ugh, I haaaaate when that happens! You are sort of in a sleepy daze and then you remember you are alone and that’s it, you are terrified immediately. Could it have been a nightmare? Maybe, I have no recollection of any dreams. I shut my eyes and say go back to sleep, its all good, everything is fine. But then I peek them open to take a look around, WHY on earth did I do that? I have no idea, I am asking for trouble now ha! I should have kept them shut. I start to notice a ghostly outline of who knows what in the hallway, outside the bedroom door and before I get a good look I quickly shut my eyes… I am telling myself it was my eyesight trying to adjust to the darkness, you know what I mean? Your vision is sort of distorted and plays tricks on you?? I turn on my side and try not to think about it or I’ll never get back to sleep. I think I drifted off to dreamland about 20 minutes later. Boy oh boy. Worse things have happened, I know. Surely the dogs would go cuckoo if they heard a noise. Either way, I don’t think I will ever like being alone in the house. I have been like that since I was little. Can’t wait to go to sleep tonight! Not.
Are you a wimp like me and get scared being alone in your house?! Haha.
What do you do to keep your mind off mysterious noises?!
Anyway, this Simple Greek Veggie salad will be my go-to this week, for sure. Protein, nutrients, color, flavor and crunch. And a yummy homemade super duper easy dressing for you. Have you noticed I add hemp hearts to basically everything? I like the texture they add 🙂 Happy Monday!!
- 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 6 oz. can black olives, chopped in half (or Kalamata if you have them)
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 English cucumber, diced (approx. 1 1/2 cups)
- 3/4 cup red onion, finely diced (about 1/3 of the onion)
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- fresh juice from 1/2 of a lemon
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- couple dashes black pepper
- In a medium sized bowl, add all salad ingredients and mix with a spoon.
- In a small bowl, add all dressing ingredients and whisk together.
- Pour dressing over salad and mix well. Let sit in fridge for 20 minutes to let flavors combine or eat right away! You could also pour dressing over salad as needed to keep veggies from getting soggy. I added the dressing and let sit in the fridge overnight, the flavors really show through the next day.