Amazing Layered Salad

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This amazing layered salad recipe is a mix of favorite salad vegetables, like cucumber and tomato, mixed in a tangy and herbaceous vinaigrette. Similar to Greek salad recipes, this simple salad combines soft and crunchy vegetables with a herb dressing. The dressing uses olive oil, which is a healthier fat. Unlike other oils, olive oil doesn’t contain trans-fats and is filled with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Grapeseed oil is another excellent choice because it contains vitamin E, which plays a role in protecting the cell membranes.

Soft, delicate-flavored herbs are important to the salad dressing; rather than choosing a herb like rosemary, which can be tough and strong tasting, instead choose parsley or oregano, for a subtle but earthy note. Fresh herbs, like parsley, are underestimated for their nutritional value. Parsley contains very high amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A. Rather than adding parsley leaves to the salad dressing recipe alone, consider garnishing with it for a pretty appearance and increased nutrition.

Amazing Layered Salad

Ingredients

Serves 4

This is a printable recipe.

The Salad

1 long English cucumber, sliced: 1st layer

1 medium sized sweet onion, thinly sliced: 2nd layer

1 medium sized red pepper, cut in half then slice thin: 3rd layer

2 stalks of celery, slice thin on diagonal: 4th layer

1 large tomato, sliced: 5th top layer

2 green onion, chopped for garnish

The Dressing

1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

1/8 cup white vinegar

1/8 cup olive oil (or grape seed oil)

1/8 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed

A sprig of fresh parsley, fresh oregano & fresh lemon thyme, chop finely

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


Directions

Build your layered salad, then go onto making the dressing.

You can save chopped pieces of the salad makings from each layer to put onto the top to make it more decorative.

Mix all the dressing ingredients together and pour over your layered salad.

For optimum flavor, use only fresh veggies and herbs.

The combination of these flavors will leave you looking for something to soak up any of the dressing left on your dish!

If you grow your own herbs it is so its easy to wander out and pick just what you need for the dressing.

You can purchase fresh live herbs in 4" pots from many garden centers and natural food stores. They are fun and easy to grow and will grow for quite awhile in good window-light. Don’t let them sit directly in a hot sunny window as they will wilt and die.


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Nutrition Facts for: Amazing Layered Salad From Grandmother's Kitchen

Ingredients: Long English cucumber, sweet onion, sweet red pepper, celery, tomato, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, oregano, thyme, sea salt, ground pepper.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving:Calories 382, Calories from Fat 238, Total Fat 26.5g 41%, Saturated Fat 4.0g 20%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 992mg 41%, Potassium 1190mg 34%, Carbohydrates 33.7g 11%, Dietary Fiber 8.1g 32%, Sugars 17.7g, Protein 5.5g, Vitamin A 96%, Vitamin C 322%, Calcium 11%, Iron 13%

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