Chunky Greek Salad

Many of our weekends during May and June are spent at lacrosse or softball tournaments. These hot days include visits to a variety of "snack shacks" which typically offer a menu that is less on the healthy side and appeal more to the kid in all of us. I love a good hotdog, bag of Cheetos, and a Coke just as much as the next person. But after one too many Fruit Roll-Ups, slices of greasy pizza, and nacho chips covered in neon orange cheese, my body is craving just about any vegetable or fruit.

Packing an ice-filled cooler with sub sandwiches, cut up celery, carrots, and broccoli with hummus, wedges of chilled watermelon, single serving yogurts, snack bags of trail mix, and mini pumpkin, zucchini, and lemon poppy seed muffins makes the dining experience along the sidelines of a dusty ball field a much more enjoyable experience. I have been including a few travel-worthy salads in the cooler with the latest favorite being Chunky Greek Salad.

Some sports-filled Saturday mornings start just as the newspaper hits the driveway at 6 a.m. On these early days, I am glad that this salad is prepared in practically minutes. By combining a few crunchy peppers and cucumbers with feta, olives, and bottled vinaigrette dressing, we are out the door and off for our day's adventures.

Chunky Greek Salad

makes about 6 cups or 4 - 5 servings

1 large green pepper, cut in 1-inch dice
1 large red pepper, cut in 1-inch dice
2 kirby cucumbers, cut in large chunks
1/2 of a 15-ounce can of black olives, pitted, more if you love olives
about 1/3 pound feta cheese, crumbled in large chunks
about 3 - 4 tablespoons of Newman's Caesar Dressing or your favorite vinaigrette

In a large bowl, combine the peppers, cucumbers, olives and feta. Add vinaigrette to the ingredients and toss to coat.

Store in the refrigerator. Salad can be served chilled or at room temperature.


Denise said...

This looks wonderful. I love greek salad. I just posted one of your recipes. It was sooo good. My whole family loved it. Thanks.

Robin Sue said...

Great idea Amy, This is very quick for the game days and I bet everyone envies the treats you have in your cooler! Once we brought cut up watermelon to an Orioles game on a very very hot day. We were digging into that watermelon and everyone around us were commenting for us to share!

michelle said...

I can't wait to try this with our green peppers from the garden!

Heidi said...

What a wonderful looking greek salad!

Bellini Valli said...

I love the presentation here with the chunks of delicious veggies:D

Jeff said...

Happy to learn I am not alone in my summers are swamped. I have found quinoa and other grains make for a great and healthy meal too. This does sound good too!

lisaiscooking said...

Your salad sounds great, and that would travel well. Perfect for a picnic.

Stacey said...

I LOVE greek salad--- it is such a treat! Yours looks beautiful!

Martha said...

Excellent idea. I agree, you must be the envy of the ballfield!

Annie said...

That looks absolutely delicious!!

VintageMixer said...

love greek salads- we make one similar to this often!

Danielle said...

I just made this for a family get together and people loved it! Thanks for such an easy summer salad!