Olive garden salad recipe

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Olive garden salad recipe is a traditional Greek appetiser, healthy and delicious. Enjoy it with tapenade, or hummus, or just an avocado; these are the anti inflammatory foods that will save our aching muscles and joints, and angry red blood vessels.


Your traditional Greek salad can be prepared in under ten minutes; literally. Its virtues are numerous but I might mention a few. First, your taste buds will be very happy with the choice you made, as will your guests. It's without equal.

Secondly, most of us on the traditional Western diet, have more than a little trouble with you know what. All the fibre means no more straining and worrying that you are going to blow a haemorrhoid tomorrow morning; just another benefit of your olive garden salad.

Let's not forget that it takes quite a while to eat this divine, simple dish; it's wonderful with good company and a bottle of wine. Take your time, and enjoy it; savour each mouthful. This is all about slow food, made fast and eaten thoughtfully.  

And because it takes up quite a lot of space in the tum, there's less room for those desserts that really should only be eaten on high and holy days, and even then in moderation.

Last of all, I can almost guarantee that, if you enjoy a traditional Greek salad for dinner, you will have no stomach cramps in the middle of the night; goodbye heartburn, hello sweet sleep.

So, set your stopwatch; can you make a salad including a tapenade side dish in fifteen minutes?


Olive garden salad recipe

Minutes 1-4: INGREDIENTS

  1. Carefully wash a green lettuce leaf for each plate. A bit of rocket would be fine too.
  2. Chop three tomatoes quickly into wedges.
  3. Thinly slice a few shallots, or green onion.
  4. Slice a small cucumber.
  5. Slice a paprika (any colour, sweet pepper).
  6. Chop half a cup of feta cheese into small squares.
  7. Crumble a handful of walnuts.

Minutes 5-8: PREPARATION

  • Place a lettuce leaf on each plate.
  • Jumble the tomato, cucumber, shallots and peppers over the lettuce.
  • Sprinkle at least ten olives, with pips, onto each plate.
  • Smother with the feta cheese, and add a generous handful of walnuts.
  • Dribble with olive oil, vinegar, and sprinkle with oreganum. Chopped parsley would be just as good, and capers would add a bit of bite.

Warn your guests about the olive pips. Eat them one by one, or you may be calling in the dentist. That would spoil your party!

This incidently is our favourite olive oil decanter. Cheap, no mess.

Olive Oil Benefits

Minutes 9-10: AMBIENCE

Place the platters on the table, light the candles, call hubby to pour the wine and, don't forget the napkins. Salad can be messy! A small dish for the olive pips will remind your guests of the need to be careful. A broken tooth would rather spoil the evening.

Enjoy! Oh, and don't forget the Olive garden salad dressing ...

Minutes 11-15: Olive dips and Tahini

Salad obviously goes very well with bread, and a couple of very easy olive dips will make the party.

For more about the dips, click here …

Tahini, a paste made from Sesame seeds, is particularly delicious with a salad. It is also rich in the monounsaturated oil, oleic acid, so necessary for healthy nerves. Nerves, you remember, are surrounded by a fatty myelin sheath. Loss of this sheath is the cause of Multiple Sclerosis. Read more about Sesame Tahini …


TIP: Many people will suffer with indigestion if they eat bread at night, particularly with a soup. However, should you consider a good olive garden salad recipe first, heartburn is usually much less of a problem, or none at all. It may also take a chiropractic adjustment to your mid-thoracic spine to really get on top of ... read more about INDIGESTION HEARTBURN …

Experiment with other dressings and sauces; as a general rule, put them on the side rather than smother your olive garden salad; that way you can enjoy the subtle salad flavours, without over indulging in oily dressings. Those sold in your supermarket inevitably are loaded with undesirables; make your own.


Olive Garden Menu TAPENADE

If you find our Olive Garden Salad recipe a bit like rabbit food! then this simple TAPENADE will spice it up. Rich in Mediterranean goodness and made in a jiffy. For best flavour use full whole black olives and pit them, but then it takes a little longer. Scroll down for more details.



In just fifteen minutes you can throw together a wonderful side dish of TAPENADE. Black olives, olive oil, a clove of garlic, a few slices of lemon and if you've got them a big spoon of capers. Then there's the optional stuff like Feta cheese. Use your imagination, never get hung up by a recipe! Add your favourites. Olive Garden menu TAPENADE ...


Walnuts

A handful of walnuts will add excellent nutrition and flavour to any salad. The walnut has 5x as much omega 3 as any other nut, the very special fats that have been proven many times over to

  1. Lower unfriendly triglyceride fat in the blood stream
  2. Lower unfriendly LDL fat also proven to cause dangerous plague in blood vessels, and
  3. Raise the friendly, heart protective HDL fat.

Don't get the idea that fat is bad. You can't live without the essential fatty acids, and research is now showing that the really serious neurological diseases are associated with a low friendly fat diet.

For more information about the dangers of low fat diets, see lower down. 

Walnuts also contain B complex vitamins, fibre and a host of other good stuff; and the taste, well that's just divine.


As are headaches, bowel cramps and arthritis; your olive garden salad recipe is one simple answer. The boss makes what she calls a 15 dollar Greek salad for us at least 4 or 5 times per week. Yes, rabbit food say the critics, but remember they are not only renowned for sneaking into Mr MacGregor's garden; they also have lots of flopsy bunnies too. It's good for the prostate.

Good health remember is all about prevention. It's not a good idea to wait until your doctor informs you that you have a cancerous lesion of the bowel, and may have to have a colostomy, as a patient informed me yesterday.

While on the subject of the orifices of the body, your olive garden salad recipe should certainly include some tomato. Did you know that a tomato a day, reduces the most prevalent cancer in men by a massive 50 percent. Read more TOMATO PROSTATE …


A little experiment

The transit time through the bowel should be around 24-30 hours, give or take a few hours. Eat a food that strongly marks the stool (like sweetcorn, or beetroot) and watch to see how long it takes.

If it's taking two or more days, then the likelihood of bowel cancer, haemorrhoids, (What are haemorrhoids ?) / index diverticulitis and polyps is greatly increased.

PICKLING OLIVES

Pickled olives are soooo expensive, but you can make them in a jiffy, I'm not exaggerating for 1/100th of the price! Yup, literally.

A 6lb can of black olives costs €7 + 1 litre olive oil (€5) + 1 litre vinegar (€3). Just add a few cloves of garlic, perhaps a chili, some dill maybe, and a slice or two of lemon. That's it. Fifteen minutes of hard labour and you've got delicious cheap pickling olives for a couple months. All for less than $20. For more details: PICKLING OLIVES ...


Anti inflammatory foods

Eggplant Recipes

Our Olive Garden Salad Recipe goes really well with fried aubergines which have also proved to lower cholesterol in the blood stream. For some easy to cook aubergine recipes, just type eggplant recipes into the search this site function at chiropractic help. 

So why all this emphasis in olive garden salad recipe on what we eat from your friendly guide? I can tell you from 30 years of hard experience that your chiropractor finds it very distressing to have to tell his patient that the cause of his hip pain is a metastasis from the prostate, or the fracture in the spine is a result of nobody ever really emphasizing the need to take preventative action. There's nothing mysterious about the causes of osteoporosis.  

More, reducing our polyunsaturated seed oils, like that from corn and sunflower, by changing to EVOO improves the omega 6 to 3 ratio that is so inflammatory in the body.

Dipping daily into the anti inflammatory foods like extra virgin olive oil, chilis, ginger and freshly ground flax seed can only improve your health and save you from a lot of pain.

Eat right, maintain fitness, keep your spine mobile and supple and there is no reason why we should not reach a happy, healthy eighty. This olive garden salad recipe all on its little own will carry you half way there.



If we want a beautiful world for our grandchildren to live in then each and every one of us must do something for a greener planet. For example, planting some bee friendly plants in your garden like peas and broccoli. Collecting sunshine on your roof using photovoltaic panels, or building a small reservoir for storing water is actually not that difficult either.

Do you live in a winter rainfall region? You might think of growing an olive. It would also make a splendid tree planting memorial for a friend who has just lost a loved one. No better place to lay him or her safely to rest than amongst the roots of a favourite plant.

They will be able to imagine their loved one peeping out at them from the leaves every day. Well, that's what I do; my mum is planted under a yellowwood tree given to us. I greet her every day; yes, all the world's a bit crazy except for you and me.

You might need some proper tree planting tips. Tree Planting help ...


Chiropractic

Why all this talk of olive garden salad recipes on a chiropractic website? Firstly because olive oil is a natural anti inflammatory, with no side effects; that's good news for every chiropractic patient. 

And secondly because constipation and back pain go hand in hand. Prolonged sitting on the toilet and having to bear down hard has very negative sentiments for lower back pain. 


IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS



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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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