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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Salad Sunday- Greek Village Salad

The first time I had a Greek Village salad was when my friend Cathy came back from an extended trip to Europe.  She brought the salad to a dinner party. I have been a fan every since. It is a great way to use produce from the garden.

I got to sample this salad on my own trip to Greece. I took my nephew Brandon on a trip as a gift for his high school graduation. Greece was his choice and we spent two weeks in the Islands sampling lots of great food.  Santorini was one of the four islands we visited.

Overlooking the Caldera in Santorini

Greece has everything you would want in a trip; history, gorgeous scenery, friendly people and incredible food.  I think of that trip each time I make this salad. Mine is modified a bit from he Greek version. I leave the peels on my cucumbers because it is more healthy.  The salad is often served on a bed of iceberg lettuce. There is not much nutrition in lettuce so this week I am going to serve my version on top of organic baby spinach.  This salad is simple and fast to make.  I love it for lunch during the week.

6 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 large cucumbers, cut in rough large pieces
1 medium white onion chopped
1 large can of black olives, drained.
1 8 oz carton of feta cheese crumbles.
1 bottle Greek Vinaigrette dressing ( can also use an oil and vinegar vinaigrette with oregano and garlic added)

Mix everything except the dressing in a bowl. Add the dressing and toss. Chill and then serve.
Makes 8 servings


Cheryl Monnat and Chris Wodke at 2013 Boston Marathon

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team.and was eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.  She chose instead to represent the U.S. at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 150 members in 29 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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