Greek Side Salad recipe.

Ok, here's me again trying to hide nutrition in your food. This time by substituting FLAVOR for all the salt we all put in our food. According to a new survey, 71% of Americans still don’t know the recommended daily amount of salt intake (about one teaspoon!), with the average American consuming nearly double the suggested amount of salt per day. Yikes!

But, 61% of y'all have cut back on your salt intake. Good for you! My favorite way to do that in my kitchen is to add Mrs Dash to stuff instead of salt when I am cooking. Mrs Dash has quite a few different "flavors" that you can shake on food instead of salt and get alot more yum that adding salt, and you are keeping your sodium intake down! My favorite flavor of Mrs Dash is the Italian Medley. I'd describe it as a very flavorful blend of spices that can go either Italian-y or Greek in taste. Here's our favorite thing to do with Mrs Dash Italian Medley:
Summer Greek Side Salad:
1 container of Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half
2 cucumbers, peeled, de-seeded, cut into quarters, then cut into little chunks
1 package of crumbled Feta Cheese
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
Mrs Dash Italian Medley (to taste, add as much or as little as you want)

Mix. Chill for a couple hours in your fridge. Serve with whatever you grilled tonight. Yum!
You can find more hints from Food Network’s Robin Miller (“Quick Fix Meals”) who is working with Mrs. Dash, for doing things a tad differently to reduce your sodium intake when you cook. Check those out here. You can also find more great recipes there, and on their Facebook page.

As far as trying Mrs. Dash yourself: Sign up for the Mrs Dash enewsletter, and you'll get special offers and news sent to your email box. And you should be able to find it in any grocery store.

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The Cluck Wagon said...

Of course, Mrs. Dash is one way. I believe we currently have 5 different flavors of it on the spice shelf. Also lemon and fresh herbs. I grow rosemary, thyme, basil, sage, parsley and oregano.

Robin said...

Unknown said...

It would be nice if I used fresh veggies EVERY time I cooked but it just isn't realistic. So, whenever I use canned veggies I rinse them first to help pull out all that sodium they use when canning them.

lgm52 said...

I didn't know Mrs. Dash had so many varieties. Hope I win so I can try them! When I cook, I just don't add salt.


Unknown said...

I use more spices to add flavor instead of salt, like pepper flakes or crushed black pepper. Then if anyone wants more salt than was already in the dish I just put the shakers on the table.

My best, Lynn

momof2girls said...

I use spices to reduce the amount of salt I need to put in things.

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

I just try to spice it up as much as possible (w/ hot sauce or peppers usually) so that I don't have to add as much salt!

kris said...

We use a lot of traditional Middle Eastern spices in our cooking. Our food is really flavorful, but I don't have a lot of experience with other flavor profiles. It would be great to try something new!


Kristy said...

We try not to cook with salt and only add a little to taste at the end.

Hodges said...

I love Mrs. Dash!

Minister Mamie L. Pack said...

I usually use more fresh spices in place of using so much salt. The spices add to the meal and are healthier too.

A said...
Oooh, I would LOVE to win this, my husband has taken the initiative to lower our salt intake and actually came home from the store w/the table blend, and was telling me about all the other varieties of Mrs. Dash @ the store! :)
We hardly EVER use table salt anymore, and try to use Mrs.Dash instead of pre made marinades w/high sodium.

Anonymous said...

I reduce sodium when I cook by leaving salt out, but Mrs. Dash sounds like a better solution :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

cpullum said...

I need to reduce my sodium but haven't! This would be great!

Mommy's Wish List said...

This comment is for Susan:
Tip for reducing sodium

While I am really a big fan of fresh vegetables, I sometimes have to use canned because of a time problem. I have found that if you empty the can into a colander and rinse it with water it drastically reduces the sodium content.

Susan Hahn
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Mommy's Wish List said...

this comment is for Corissa:
Corissa Howell
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i do not cook with salt most of the time. i let everyone put on what they want so that it isn't put on twice.

Mommy's Wish List said...

This comment is for Carri:
I always use lite salt or a little cayenne pepper (gives foods a little "zip").
Carri Smith
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Mommy's Wish List said...

This comment is for Suzi:
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Suzi Self

Mommy's Wish List said...

This comment is for Linda:
how do I reduce sodium in my diet. First I am not one that likes salty foods or needs a lot of salt. If something is salty to my taste it is really salty and I am not able to eat it. But for most recipes I use less of the given amount it calls for; and there are more times then not that I do not add salt. I do not notice the difference nor family and guests in the taste. I use a lot of herbs , mainly from jars not fresh due to cost. duenml @

Mommy's Wish List said...

This comment is for Karolee:
I just love Mrs. Dash!!!! I've been using Mrs. Dash my whole life! My Mother showed me the joys of using all the different spices! I don't use salt when I cook, only seasonings! I would so enjoy winning this!!!!
Karolee Hall
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Mommy's Wish List said...

This comment is for Matt:
I have reduce my salt intake substantially, using lemon juice to substitute for salt

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corrie71 said...

What a great salad idea! Thanks for the chance to win!