Greek Freak Cucumber Salad

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Inspired once again by a trip to Crazy Pita, where it’s known as the Feta Salad, this cucumber-laden offering is crunchy, healthy and cheap! Make a batch of this and a grill full of Greek Freak Skewers and you’ll be set for a week. This would be a great time to garnish with Feta cheese…

When I made this for the first time, I did not use avocadoes or Kalamata olives and I added Feta Cheese. Whatever route you choose, just keep salt in mind knowing that the more salt you use, the more watery the salad will become. Some other ideas would be to use fresh oregano, if you do double the quantity, or adding fresh mint. You could also spice it up with some Harissa, which we’ll get to at another time…

Here are some pics of my first attempt.

One More Look

I hope you enjoy this side dish and that it becomes a summertime staple in your house. As always, contact me with questions and be sure to send me pictures.

Encouraging you to “Keep It Paleo!”

Paleo Nick

Greek Freak Cucumber Salad

Ingredient List:

  • 10 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded and small diced
  • 6 Roma tomatoes, seeds removed, small diced
  • 2 red onion, small dice
  • 5 avocadoes, removed from skin and pit, small diced
  • 2 cups Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, pulverized to a paste
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • 1 ½ cups red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Season with Salt and Pepper to your liking. Enjoy!

Remember that recipes are only guidelines. Be creative and add or subtract ingredients as you see fit. Topping this with some Feta cheese would be a great idea!!

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (0)

There is no protein in this salad.

Carbohydrates: (15)

We start with 10 cucumbers.  On average, one cucumber is about one block, so therefore we get 10 carb blocks from the cucumbers. Next we have 6 Roma Tomatoes.  On average, about 2 tomatoes equal on cup and with one cup equaling one block, so therefore we get three blocks from the tomatoes.  We add in 6 garlic cloves, which isn’t quite a block, but its over half way, so we’ll call it one block for ease.  Finally we add the juice from three lemons.  The total juice will add up to about a 1/3 of a cup which equals one block for a total of 15 Carb blocks.

Fats: (235)

We have a lot of fats in this recipe.  The majority of them are coming from the olive oil.  We are adding one cup, which adds 144 fats.  1/3 of a teaspoon equals one block so therefore there are 9 blocks in 1 tablespoon, and 144 blocks in one cup.  Additionally we are adding 5 avocados.  One cup of avocado weighs around 150g, and so does the average avocado one the pit and skin are off it.  We know that 1 tablespoon equals one block, and there are 16 tablespoons in one cup, therefore we have 80 Fat blocks form the avocado.  Finally we are using 2 cups of olives.  The total weight of the two cups is around 268g, and with one block weighting 27g, we end up with an additional 10 fat blocks for a total block count of 235.

Balancing Act:

You can break this meal into 5 meals, each having 3 carb blocks, and 47 fat blocks.   This meal is heavy in fats, so make sure you balance it out throughout the day, and add in some protein too.

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