Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My Go-To Salad

January always comes with salad!  Whether you are trying lose weight or just trying to incorporate more veggies into your diet.  I have a go-to salad that I can throw together in a pinch and have on the table in 5 minutes, thought you might like it too!

Ingredients:

Organic Spring Mix
Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola, crumbled
Dried cranberries
Sliced Almonds (Chopped Walnuts also work)

Dressing:
1/4 cup Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (like Braggs)
1/4-1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (a mild-tasting variety works best)
1 TBS Dijon or Whole Grain Mustard
1-2 TBS Honey (do this at the end to taste)

Make the dressing.  Mix together in a glass mason Jar Vinegar, Mustard and 1/4 cup of oil and 1 tbsp. of honey.  Shake and taste.  If it is too tangy add more honey and oil until you find the tang you like.  (I vary this recipe on whether or not my husband is eating with us, he doesn't like very tangy dressing.  I also go heavy on the oil and honey if my kids have chapped lips, it decreases the chances of whining.)

Add to the bottom of the bowl the amount of dressing you think will be necessary to coat the amount of salad you are making.  Add spring mix and then other ingredients and toss until coated with dressing.  Serve all of it.  This salad will not keep once the dressing is added to it.  So if necessary make it in smaller portions.  Enjoy!  
I love the combination of flavors in this salad and so does my entire family.  I never hear a complaint when I put this out!  And if my two cents means anything, I do also think it is good to put combinations of flavors like this in front of kids as often as possible...even if sometimes it is a battle.  Variety combats pickiness.  Good Luck!!

Love and Butter,

Mishelle



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