Greek Bliss in a Bowl

I have been wanting to make  several things for months now, and it all came together into one meal last night. Primarily, I have been wanting to make my own tzaziki sauce.  I always see it at grocery stores, but refuse to pay 3$ for a little container when I know it is ridiculously easy to make. I have also been loving on feta and have been thinking about incorporating it into a tzaziki-like sauce. The final thing I have been wanting to make is a balsamic reduction. Ever since I saw it on How Sweet It Is, I have been thinking of all ways I can use it. Be on the lookout here for a sweet potato-goat cheese-balsamic reduction creation in the near future!

With these cravings in mind, I created a..

Greek Salad with Tzaziki Sauce & Balsamic Reduction

A vegetable and bulgur salad tossed with a creamy tzaziki sauce and topped with feta, walnuts, and a balsamic reduction.

I wish it looked as pretty as it tastes.

Recipe: Serves 2

First, start with the veggies and bulgur.

The Greek Salad

1 cup cooked bulgur

1/3 cup onion, diced

1 red bell pepper

1/2 cucumber

1/2 cup mushrooms

1/2 tomato, chopped

Topped with: chopped walnuts, feta cheese, smoked salmon (optional)

Directions – Refrigerate the bulgur until it is chilled. Toss with the chopped vegetables.

The Tzaziki Sauce

3/4 cup Greek yogurt

1 tbsp organic sour cream

1/2 tbsp EVOO

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp onion, minced

1/2 tsp dill

salt, to taste

dash pepper (preferably white)

Optional: feta cheese (I decided to put the feta on top of the salad, but I think blending it into the sauce would be awesome. A feta tzaziki dressing…)

Directions – Mix all of the ingredients together. Mash the onions and garlic into the dip with a spoon or fork. Or, if you have extra time, let the onions, garlic and dill marinate in the olive oil first for an hour or so and then mix it all together.

The Balsamic Reduction

1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar   (or more, I like to make a lot and have extra. However much you use, it will make one half as much reduction)

optional: spoonful of brown sugar (I didn’t add any, its up to your sweet preference)

Directions – Place a small pot on the stove. Add the vinegar and turn the heat up to high. Constantly whisk. Bring to a boil and let the water burn off until it has been reduced to half the amount of liquid. Remove from heat and continue to whisk until it has cooled a bit. It will be syrupy.

This meal rocked and was not difficult in the least to make.

Benefits:

Dill * aids in digestion, is a relaxant, can help ease insomnia, and contains the antioxidants monoterpenes, which protect against cancer!

Greek yogurt * All the same benefits as yogurt, like calcium, but with more protein and less sugar!

Onions * contain anti-aging antioxidants phenolics and flavonoids. A study by Dr. Liu showed that pungent and Western yellow onions protected the most against colon cancer, while pungent yellow, Western yellow, and shallots protected the most against liver cancer.

Garlic * packed with antioxidants that fight aging, cancer, and heart disease! Garlic can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and eliminate free radicals (which cause cellular damage). It is also used to treat asthma and yeast infections.

Bulgur * a whole grain fiber super star.  Also contains B vitamins, iron, phosphorous, manganese.

Balsamic vinegar * has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, contains the antioxidants polyphenols, aids in digestion, can aid in appetite suppression, and can help control insulin sensitivity

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12 responses to “Greek Bliss in a Bowl

  1. Sounds delicious!!! :D :D :D

  2. Delicious! I love Greek food. I’m in Austin this weekend and wish you were here. :)

    • I didnt use to like Greek food but now I adore it. My tastes have changed so much over the years! Now I love coffee… dark chocolate… cheese… Greek.. sushi.. I wish I was in Austin too! I have been missing it lately :( But one of my girl friends from Austin just came up here and visited me, it was so nice to have her here! Im excited to see what you do in Austin via your blog :)

  3. Well you’ve outdone yourself…not only do you provide me with a great way to incorporate more whole grains in my diet, but you also give the me the recipe of one of my favorite sauces! Thank you for sharing such a great meal. I hope your weekend overflows with good food, good friends, and love!

  4. Mmmmmmmmm Tzaziki. Mmmmmmmm balsamic. Mmmmmmm this dish! I love all things Mediterranean.

  5. This looks so similar to my Couscous Fage salad,http://thefitnessapple.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/couscous-fage-salad/

    It looks really delicious, Homemade tzasziki sauce is the bomb, Yes I really just said “the bomb!” P.S. I’m linking your site to my “blog’s I check out” page!

  6. i eat so much dill, onions, garlic, and in lesser amounts, greek yogurt and balsamic vinegar and all of it is so good! right now ive been loving adding balsamic vinegar to my stir-fries which gives it an interesting zippiness <3

  7. This looks fab! I actually like keeping the feta unblended–I think it would give better texture, but still have the taste. Just my opinion though; basically, I think you rocked it the first time!

  8. 1) I’ve been hoarding recipes lately so that I can finally start blogging again and I just made salad with tzatziki and roasted veggies with a balsamic reduction. Great minds think alike!
    2) I miss you and am really stoked for your birthday!!

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