Healthy Antipasto...my way, or hit the highway

 Traditional Antipasto is delicious, and in my opinion, an amazing hangover cure...but this is a meal to do after Pilates and a coconut water...

Traditional Antipasto is delicious, and in my opinion, an amazing hangover cure...but this is a meal to do after Pilates and a coconut water...

Ingredients

Red Bell Pepper

Cucumber

Sea salt

Optional- Can of tuna (Albacore, in oil)

powdered garlic (to taste)

Crushed black pepper

cheese (any strong flavored cheese works- I've used horseradish cheddar, smoked Gouda, Gorgonzola, Feta, Parmesan...can ya tell I love cheese?)

Balsamic vinegar (3-5 tbls) 

Plan of Attack

 Chop Cucumber and red bell pepper. 

Slice the cheese into bite size pieces

Mix Cucumber, pepper, and cheese. *This is where ya add flaked tuna fish*

Toss in balsamic, garlic, sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Eat immediately (On a side note- I have just received the thanks note from your abs...)

 

My comments: I have made this recipe over and over again. The trick is to refridgerate the ingredients beforehand, because "ya gotta keep it 'fridgerated." OBVIOUSLY...The salad is refreshingly cold this way. Sometimes I add diced apple or pear, craisins, sunflower seeds, a shallot if I have a shallot handy (you should always have a shallot handy), horseradish, and I always add love. of course. You can also make with raspberry/walnut vinaigrette or traditional Italian as the dressing instead of the balsamic vinegar. It is a matter of personal preference and calorie content. It almost makes ya not miss Salami, but honestly, I almost always kinda miss Salami. People say, "if people are offering ya a little cucumber, why do ya miss salami?" My answer: Nobody ever is interested in a little cucumber masquerading as a big cucumber who is simultaneously advertising itself as a zucchini... and there is just something very awesome about a real deal salami. final answer.