A Mediterranean Salad

med saladIn recent years, the Mediterranean diet has been reaping accolades not only in terms of weight management but in contributing to the prevention of heart attacks which remain the leading cause of death among many populations and subgroups. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating foods like fish, fruits, vegetables, beans,  whole grains, and olive oil. And red wine, in moderation. Meat, cheese, and sweets are very limited. One heart-healthy dish that is quite easy to prepare — no cooking necessary — is the cucumber, tomato and onion salad.  It’s as simple as tossing these ingredients with lemon juice and olive oil, and topping them with olives and feta cheese.
INGREDIENTS
2 medium plum tomatoes, cut into eights
1/3  red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2  cucumber, halved lengthwise then sliced diagonally
1 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
4 black olives, halved
2 tbsps freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp feta cheese crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, onions and cucumber. Pour lemon juice and toss. Add olive oil and toss.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the feta cheese over salad and top with the black olives.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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