In attempts to reverse the calorie overload that I indulged in this weekend, I treated my body to a delicious and healthy salad topped with one of my new favorite foods: roasted vegetables. I don't know what it is about roasting a plain old tomato or pepper, but it makes it taste ten times better than any other method of cooking it. Forget about microwaving or steaming vegetables; roasting is definitely the way to go.
If you find yourself feeling guilty for a recent binge fest at your local pizza place, treat your taste buds and waistline to this easy, flavorful, and healthy salad!
Roasted Vegetable Greek Salad
1 bunch fresh asparagus, ends trimmed, stalks cut
1 package (about 10) fresh vine tomatoes, halved
1 onion, yellow or red, diced
4-6 bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut
1 can chickpeas, drained of liquid
3-4 Tbsp olive oil
2-3 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp Mediterranean seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
1 head romaine lettuce, washed and dried
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, already cooked
4 ounces reduced fat feta cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
Wash and prepare vegetables. In a large bowl, mix asparagus, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, chickpeas, enough olive oil to coat them (I used about 3-4 tablespoons), Mediterranean seasoning, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss ingredients together. Layer ingredients on the prepared cookie sheet. Make sure the vegetables are in a single layer and don't overlap (if you have a lot of vegetables, use two cookie sheets).
Roast vegetables for 25-30 minutes, or until fragrant and soft. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut up Romaine lettuce. Plate lettuce and top with grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, and feta cheese. Serve with your favorite salad dressing or olive oil and red wine vinegar.
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Nutritional Info (for 1 cup roasted vegetables, 3 oz. chicken, 1 oz. feta cheese, and 3 cups chopped Romaine lettuce)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Total Fat: 14.2 g
Cholesterol: 58.8 mg
Sodium: 472.4 mg
Total Carbs: 26.4 g
Fiber: 7.7 g
Sugars: 3.3 g
Protein: 30.1 g
-Easy to prepare
-Minimal clean up
-Delicious, fresh meal, great for lunch or dinner
-Versatile-use as many vegetables or other ingredients as you want, try different combinations of seasonings, use different salad dressings or make your own
-Lots of prep work (washing and cutting the vegetables)