It’s warming up and fresh vegetables are popping up at your local market. It’s the time of year you naturally start to crave more salads. My only problem or let’s call it a serious weakness, is carbs. I love salad, but if I don’t have some sort of carb during the day, I go crazy. No exaggeration, I literally go crazy. I get grouchy (at best), and become a maniac. I could try to wean myself off my carb addiction, but honestly, I don’t want to and it’s a lot easier to try to incorporate them into a balanced diet. I need something to look forward to and carbs are it for me. Maybe I will never have zero body fat, but at least I will be nice to be around! The point is, I have combined super healthy spinach and vegetables with orzo for the perfect healthy salad that includes a little bit of carbs! Perfecto!
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 ounces baby spinach leaves
- 1 pound cooked orzo
- 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced
- 4 ounces chopped feta cheese
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
- In a small pan, warm oil over medium-low heat.
- Salute garlic until lightly golden, 1-2 minutes.
- Transfer garlic and whatever oil remains in the pan to a large bowl.
- Add juice, zest, salt and pepper, whisk to combine.
- Add spinach and toss lightly.
- Add orzo, olives, cheese and onion.
- Toss to combine; serve.
- This salad can be made a day ahead. Freshen with a bit of olive oil if needed.
So if I’m always going to be a carbaholic, at least I can try to incorporate them into my diet in a healthy way. What are your weaknesses? Are they carbs like me or cupcakes (wait aren’t those carbs)? Whatever it is, I hope you allow yourself a little treat from time to time – even while you are preparing for summer.