Greek Salad; The Best of Both Worlds

The concept of eating salads before meals was first encouraged by the Greek philosopher, Hippocrates. He believed that eating veggies before meals was a good way to clear the digestive tract and make digestion of the main meal easier on the body. It comes as no surprise then, that to this day, Greece has a universally recognized salad of its own; Greek Salad.

Today, we eat salads as stand-alone meals or side dishes.

The standard Ghanaian salad contains lots of mayonnaise, eggs, baked beans, tuna (or even corned beef); the whole shebang! Delicious? Yes! But not exactly what you’re looking for if you want to watch your figure!

If you’re looking for a salad that is both yummy and healthy by all standards, then who better to look to than the people who invented salads in the first place?!

A standard Greek Salad treats you to a medley of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, Feta cheese and of course, olives.

Black and green olives contain vitamin E and antioxidants which are known to help lower the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer. What is more, they contain healthy fat. They are practically a bite-sized balanced diet all on their own!

Feta cheese is what I like to call the cheese cheat-sheet. It’s nice and creamy and at the same time low in fat. As if that isn’t enough, it’s rich in B vitamins, phosphorous, calcium, good bacteria and fatty acids. Who doesn’t love a cheese you can enjoy without the guilt of extra calories!

Now throw in those tomatoes, cucumbers and onions and you know this salad is too good to miss out on! Our very special Bourbon House Café Greek Salad recipe comprises both green and black olives, Feta cheese, tomatoes, onions, cucumber as well as lettuce and green pepper for that added Ghanaian twist.

Looking back to the Greeks, the English word “salad” originally came from the Latin “sal” which literally means “salt”. This is because salt was the dressing used in those days. The Grecian peeps understood that a good salad is all about the dressing and we at Bourbon House Café believe same!

This is why our already otherworldly Greek Salad comes dressed in a tangy vinaigrette or any other dressing of your choice!

Between its mouth-watering Feta cheese and disease-busting olives, Greek Salad really is the best of both worlds!

 

Adelaide Asiedu

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