Mediterranean Salad

My husband and I went on a cruise a couple years ago and enjoyed all of the delicious food. (Seriously, I gained 8 pounds in 8 days. Yikes!)  We’d get back to our cabin pretty late most nights and I’d always want a snack. I’d usually order the Mediterranean Salad because it was fresh and crunchy.

I added a few changes to their rendition and I make it pretty often now. It gives a whole new spin to your typical salad!


Mediterranean Salad
A delicious twist on your typical salad.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
  2. 1/4 red onion, diced
  3. 1/4 yellow or orange bell pepper, diced
  4. 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  5. 6-8 green olives, quartered
  6. 1 T green olive juice OR fresh lime juice
  7. 2 T feta cheese, crumbled
  8. Crushed black pepper, to taste
  9. Himalayan Salt, to taste
  1. Prepare all veggies (except tomatoes) and mix them in a bowl with spices. Add tomatoes and feta right before serving. Top with lime juice, if desired.
  2. Enjoy!
  1. I served this with a boiled chicken breast. It pairs well with any protein or you can eat it by itself! Feel free to add any veggies, but try to use those with a crunch to avoid a mushy salad.
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I am a 30 year old California native who just moved back to the state after being away for 10 years. In that time, I've established a career that I love and spent the last 3 years completely invested in. I absolutely love teaching high school, but I have an overwhelming sense of regret that I let my love for my students and my desire to help them take away the time I could have spent with my mom and my husband. It is for this reason, plus my overwhelming desire for adventure, that I've asked my husband if we could move back to my home state. I'm coming back fulfilled and confident but completely broken as I've now lost both parents. I'm just trying to put back the pieces as I figure out how to honor both of them while truly being happy and moving forward. I'm essentially starting fresh, as a lifelong mourner. Each day is a tribute to them and to my marriage. I feel a rush of excitement and I know that though the change is HUGE, it is going to be incredible. My dream is to laugh every day, allow myself to grieve my losses, regain my relationship with God, and build a stronger relationship with my love. Cheers to new adventures!

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