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Healthy and Light Greek Salad

Happy 4TH OF JULY! What a Monday it has been. I started my morning early, at 5 AM, with lemon water, coffee, stretching and 40 minutes of reading before I did a couple walks with Cooper. At 7 AM sharp I watched live stream as the University of Alabama demolished the Tutwiler dorms, where I lived freshman year of college 2006-2007! What a crazy sight that was! It’s amazing how in a matter of seconds the building can go from standing to completely in crumbles. Sad, in a way, but I suppose it was time to do something to that building since it opened in 1914!

Here is a pic of me in my Freshman dorm, although yes this is totally unrelated to the Greek Salad HA!

Ten years ago today I was at University of Alabama and went for a morning run and watched the demolition of Rose Towers – it was just as intense and super cool to see in person. I guess the 4th of July is a tradition when it comes to demolishing buildings? It certainly makes it a memorable experience!

Anyway, I also finished book # 30 of the year! Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington – how inspiring that book was! Although it seems short at just 155 pages or so, it’s not an easy read. It took me JUST over a week to read (granted, I am also reading currently Autobiography of Malcom X as told to Alex Haley at the same time as the Booker T. Washington book LOL!). It’s a bit more challenging to follow so I need complete silence and focus to read a book like that.

In his last chapter titled Last Words, he says “I believe that any man’s life will be filled with constant, unexpected encouragements if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day of his life…” and I find this to be incredibly true and encouraging! I think that is a wonderful thing everyone should utilize each and every day upon waking – to do your best! That is all you can do! Even if today’s best isn’t the same as yesterday’s, all that matters is you do the best you can. Another quote I loved: “Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.” On that note, I am going to share this DELICIOUS Greek salad recipe that would be perfect for a Fourth of July cookout!!!! Or maybe just make it later this week since you guys probably have your meals planned for today already!

INGREDIENTS FOR SALAD

1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped

1-2 chopped Roma tomatoes

1/4 cup to 1/3 cup diced pepperoncini peppers or banana pepper

1/4 cup to 1/3 cup sliced black olives (or as much as you want!)

1/4 cup diced green bell pepper (maybe 1/4 – 1/2 pepper)

1/4 diced red onion

Sprinkling of crumbled feta or goat cheese, at the very end (omit if vegan, of course)

DRESSING INGREDIENTS:

2-3 tbsp olive oil (you can do more if you are serving more than 2-3 people)

1-2 tbsp red wine vinegar

1/2 to 1 full juice of lemon

sprinkle of garlic powder

sprinkle of pink salt

1/4 – 1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tbsp honey or to taste

METHOD:

Mix the salad dressing ingredients in a measuring cup or small bowl and whisk well. Take a large salad bowl or mixing bowl and place all other ingredients, except the cheese, in the bowl and toss with the dressing. Lastly, mix in the cheese and toss again, gently! Enjoy!!!

YUM YUM YUM

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