It’s one of the world’s oldest cuisines, and there’s a reason it’s still considered a healthy choice among the fitness community. Mediterranean diet has already proven to be quite beneficial in the fight against cholesterol, bone weakness and has also shown as helping reduce the chance of developing cancer. It is also a crowd favourite because of its reputation for being a light and fresh cuisine. A typical Mediterranean diet includes ingredients such as chickpeas, fresh fish, olive oil, light cheeses, and red wine. People who have switched to this style of eating say that they’ll never eat any other way. Well, we can vouch for that but rarely will one come across a diet that’s delicious as well as healthy!

Plant and fish based salads form an integral part of the Mediterranean Diet. A quick way to incorporate this diet is to include a good amount of fresh vegetables, fruits and fish in your diet. To get you started here’s a recipe for the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad from Lizzie Fuhr, Popsugar Fitness. This fibre rich salad packs quite a punch with all the colourful vegetables and whole grains that go into it. Here’s the recipe:

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider or red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil (without which the Mediterranean diet is incomplete!)
  • Pinch of your favourite herb (oregano, thyme, or cilantro)

For the salad:

  • 2 cups of greens ( spinach or rocket leaves)
  • 1 whole cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 diced red pepper
  • 10 cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 10 kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese

How to make:

Start by whisking together the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl. Once this is done, in a large bowl mix the quinoa, green leaves, and about half of the dressing. Use a wooden ladle or spoon to mix well. Next add the red pepper, tomatoes, olives and the remaining dressing in the bowl. Mix well. Finally, add the feta and serve fresh or chilled!

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