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Healthy & Delicious: Greek Salad Skewers

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It was roughly a schmamillion degrees in my kitchen last week, meaning I barely had the energy to open a box of cereal, never mind cook. The toaster gave me hot flashes. Flipping the oven on would have been an act of pure masochism.

Commence the hunt for no-cook recipes.

Generally speaking, most no-cook dishes are pretty healthy. Produce-friendly and meat-lite, they tend to employ fresh herbs and simple vinaigrettes. Beans and store-bought breads abound, as do nuts, dried fruits, and good cheeses. It's the ideal diet, in a lot of ways.

Fortunately, my search soon yielded Giada DeLaurentiis' Greek Salad Skewers. Best served as appetizers or a side dish, they aren't fall-down fancy or terribly complicated. They are fresh, flavorful, pretty, and require no heating implement whatsoever. Plus: It's food on a stick. Who doesn't love food on a stick?

Quite a few reviewers mentioned the feta tends to crumble before you can skewer it. An easy solution: pop the block in your freezer for 30 minutes before chopping it up. You still have to be careful when you stick the pieces, but the cheese should hold its shape much better.

Other changes to the initial recipe: I used reduced-fat feta to cut calories, and soaked the red onion for ten minutes to lessen its sharpness. Also, I didn't have six-inch skewers, but I had several dozen 12-inch doodads that were pretty easy to cut in half.

Hopefully, it'll cool off a little in the coming weeks. If not, Greek Salad Skewers are a tasty way to get by.

Greek Salad Skewers

Makes 12 skewers.

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