Isn't this gorgeous? This is a salad I made for Dev to take to work the other day (and yes, I did write a note on the foil with my handy-dandy Sharpie and yes, she loved it and yes it was commented on). I love that we can once more get really tasty fruits and vegetables. You can put it together however you like, and substitute whatever is fresh and appeals to you in your area.
Celebrate Spring Salad
- As much or little as you like Organic baby spinach
- Cantaloupe chunks
- Sliced golden delicious apple
- Sliced pear
- Quartered strawberries
- Shredded carrots
- Fresh shaved Parmesan cheese
- Salad dressing of choice
- Optional Nuts, seeds, croutons
- Lemon lime soda such as Sprite or 7-up
- Layer the ingredients in a nice pattern or toss them in a container, it's all good. We like to eat with our eyes first so try to make it look appealing. If not eating immediately, keep salad dressing in a separate container.
**Tip to keep non-acidic fruits from turning brown, soak for a few minutes in lemon-lime soda (we used some flat Sprite left over in a bottle that's been floating around forever and it worked just fine).
Dev said the dressing was good but she thinks next time she will go for her all time fave, a raspberry vinaigrette. She also said that the pear, which was perfect for eating out of hand (soft) would have been better if it was a little less ripe, more like the apple- it tasted delicious but was a bit soft for the rest of the salad- that could be because we all have this oddball texture thing, so go by what you like.
I didn't think to when I was making this, but we usually add a handful of nuts or seeds of some sort when we're doing a protein-less salad as a dinner (all she wanted- I realize not everyone can do that, but it works for us) - if you need something more substantial you could add some chicken or turkey for a delicious, hearty meal.
What are some of your favorite salads? Do you like to add fruits to savory salads? Do you have a favorite dressing that you stick with it or go for a variety? Inquiring minds want to know. (We love a good salad and eat tons of them, especially in the warmer seasons.)
*Lots of MYO salad dressing recipes