I have been on a quest for interesting, great tasting salads.
On Facebook I talked about needing to get more salads (with some kind of protein) into my diet.
But they had to be good!
As I have mentioned before – everything I blog about comes from something I have cooked to eat with my family. I only wish my blog was impressive enough that I actually cooked full time for it. But sadly, not yet. A girl can dream, though! 🙂
So when the thought of a serious diet started, I questioned it with – “What in the world will I be able to blog?” I can’t write about a bagged salad with grilled chicken and a bottled lite vinaigrette every week!
I received lots of great feedback from my friends on Facebook and I foraged Pinterest, because of this, I am starting to get a pretty good list going.
The following is an example.
Apple Harvest Salad
(adapted from Life Made Simple)
- 6 cups of lightly packed spinach, torn
- 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
- 1 large fugi apple
- ½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- ½ Craisins
- ½ feta cheese
- 2 tsp. minced shallot
- 4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
Add greens to a large dinner plate or salad bowl. Top with the cooked (and cooled) quinoa, apple chunks, pepitas and craisins.
To make the vinaigrette, combine the shallot and vinegar in a small mixing bowl, whisk to combine. Slowly add the olive oil by pouring in a steady stream, whisking vigorously until emulsified. Drizzle the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.
Serve alone or with a protein.