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2 cups (500 mL) very thinly sliced radish
2 cups (500 mL) very thinly sliced cucumber
2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil or camelina oil
1 Tbsp (15 mL) white wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper
1/3 cup (80 mL) grated feta cheese
2 Tbsp (30 mL) chopped mint
Arrange radish and cucumber slices on serving plates, alternating radishes with cucumber slices so they slightly overlap. In small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, and pepper. Drizzle dressing over vegetables and sprinkle feta cheese and mint over top.
Each serving contains: 111 calories; 3 g protein; 10 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 5 g total carbohydrates (2 g sugars, 1 g fibre); 163 mg sodium
source: "Totally Radishes", alive #379, May 2014
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