No Olive Oil . . . Nor Popeye

In trying to eliminate more fats from my diet, I have been trying to make salads that are tasty and not boring, but with low-calorie oilless dressings.  I LOVE pico de gallo.  And though I make my own gringo salsa, I had never tried my own pico de gallo.  What was I thinking!  So I decided to try it, and except for the batch where I put in a few red “jalapenos” from my farmer’s organic box (OUCH!–Told you I was gringo!), it is working out nicely.  Big yum factor!

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Cut up organic tomatoes into small pieces.  I used 2 big ones.  You can say “dice” if you feel really cheffy.

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Put in the juice of one small lime.  I bought this juicing tool eons ago and never used it.  I almost put it in a box for the thrift store, but decided to try it for squeezing lemon on a salad.  Wow!  I don’t know what I did before without it.  Well, I do know.  I used my hand . . . and then a fork to try to dig out all the seeds that slipped through.

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Dice green onions and red onions, cilantro, and as many jalapenos as you feel comfortable with.  I was a little gun-shy with this batch after the last hot experience!

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Mix together and let set for a while to meld the flavors.

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Serve over a green salad, along with homegrown sprouts and mango.  Yum.  I don’t even miss the olive oil.

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17 Responses to No Olive Oil . . . Nor Popeye

  1. tootlepedal says:

    I’ll just stick with the fats though the salad looks good.

    • It’s a both / and for me, but this gives me an option to help me limit my fats. And it tastes yummy. Problwm: Now our international student and my hubby like it, too, so I will go through more than I planned. Perhaps I will hide it.

  2. Love the suggestions, I also have modified my diet dramatically and now I am now trying to move to step two in this process.

    • It’s like a worm hole, though. The more you learn about what is healthy, the deeper you get in and see other things that can be improved. I’ve given up soda and gum, eat probably 98% organic and hormone free, and then somebody says that even the good fat olive oil is not really good for you. Oy. And folks are fighting about whether to juice or blend. 🙂 I figure any step in a positive direction is beneficial.

  3. reinkat says:

    Yummy! I’m no chef, but this looks doable and delicious. I will try it, while tomatos and peppers are available fresh and local straight from the farm . . . .

  4. But olive oil is a good fat….

  5. pattisj says:

    Sounds yummy.

  6. soonie2 says:

    Sounds and looks delicious! Will definitely try this, thanks for sharing!

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