Turkish Salad

On one of my trips to the Middle East, I discovered the amazing concept of salads that don’t involve lettuce. They are so different from the American concept of traditional salads, and they are WAY healthier and yummier! Consisting of a vast variety of different vegetables, Middle Eastern Salads are a real treat to the palate and to the waistline! One of my favorites, is this Turkish Salad Recipe. It is LOADED with fabulous flavor, but also with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. If you are looking for delicious and healthy weight watcher salad recipes, you must give this Turkish Salad a try! With just a 3 point value for half of the recipe, this low calorie salad recipe is a great way to get in your vegetable servings and have a delicious salad that will actually fill you up, because the serving size is huge!!! Though this isn’t an official Weight Watchers Salad Recipe, it’s still a great dish for anyone watching their weight or trying to eat healthier. It also makes a wonderful side dish to serve with just about any chicken, fish or beef meal. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
– 1 large onion
– 2 Tbsp. olive oil
– 1 green bell pepper
– 2 red bell peppers
– 2 large tomatoes
– 3 Tbsp. sliced or pitted, chopped green olives
– 1 tsp. salt
– 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
– 1/2 tsp. black pepper
– 1 bay leaf
– 4 Tbsp. tomato paste
– 2 Tbsp. parley or coriander leaf
– Tabasco or other hot sauce to taste

Directions:
Peel and dice the onions. Fry them in the olive oil till golden: use a medium-sized pan or a large frying pan. Remove the stem, seeds and white inner membrane from all the peppers. Chop into dice. Add them to the onions. Cover the pan and cook the vegetables till the peppers are soft – about 8 minutes. Stir once or twice. Dice the tomatoes. If necessary, pit and slice the olives. Add all of these to the pan. Add the bay leaf, black pepper, cumin, salt, and tomato paste. If you like, add Tabasco or chili of choice. Cover the pan again and cook the vegetables over a medium flame for about 15 minutes. Some want the vegetables to retain their individual forms and tastes (I do). Others like to blend their Turkish Salad and serve it as a dip. This is totally up to you. For an aesthetic touch, chop the parsley and sprinkle it over the salad. Serve hot or cold.

Entire recipe makes 2 HUGE servings
Each serving = 3 point value

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