One of the biggest obstacles to maintaining a healthy lifestyle change is “we have nothing in the house” syndrome. For that reason, trying to eat healthier while being frugal goes hand in hand with having pantry basics in your house all ready to go.
When I made this salad, I was in a position of having “nothing to eat” ( in brackets because this is more a state on mind than a reality) and wanted to figure out something that would be quick and easy. We had some orzo in the cupboard as part of our just-the-basics pantry experiment (more on this later) and I figured that trying to make this into a quick and easy salad would also use up some of the prepped veggies that we had in the fridge.
Speaking of pantry basics, having oil, lemon/lime juice and seasonings or spice blends mean that you will never be lacking a homemade dressing. We have completely quit buying store bought dressings because a.) they are expensive and full of things we don’t recognize and b.) they expire quickly which is a huge waste of money.
When you make your own dressings, you know the ingredients, you control the amount and you save a ton of money by using simple minimal ingredients you already have on hand. Sounds great right?
This turned out really great, and I easily had all the ingredients on hand. I almost always have tomatoes, onion and bell peppers prepped because of the versatility of these items. I had cucumbers because I had just been making some homemade Tsatsiki (I used this great recipe). As you will noticed, I didn’t use Feta cheese, which is traditionally part of Greek Salad. This is because this is something I rarely ever have in my house. If there is one thing I want this site to do, it is to inspire people to eat healthy by using the things they already have. We frugal folks have to stick together!
However if you have the cheese, or think it’s blasphemy to make it without, or even if you just want the cheese then by all means add it! And if you make this, please let us know how it went in the comments!