Salad has never been a food that I get particularly excited about. It’s always been more of an obligatory addition to my meal rather than something I eat for enjoyment. You know. We have to get our vegetables in.
Steak, roasted chicken, bread, potatoes, even roasted vegetables. Now those make my mouth water, but salad? Well salad has always just meh in my book.
I could take it or leave it.
That is until I started making my own simple homemade dressings and really dressing up my salads to make them pretty and pleasing to the eye.
Toss in a little of this and a little of that with what is coming fresh from the farmer’s markets, and salads are anything but boring.
That has become the secret for making salads enjoyable for me. Choose what’s in season. In the fall, apples and root vegetables are amazing. In the spring, tender greens and strawberries make for a delightful treat. In the summer, nothing beats a simple cucumber, tomato, and onion salad.
These are what salads are meant to be. Fresh, seasonal, exciting, and nothing like those salads made with tasteless iceberg lettuce, pale out of season tomatoes, and soybean laden ranch dressing.
This is my latest salad addiction at the moment.
Mixed greens, strawberries, and goat cheese salad with a sweet vinaigrette. So delicious, so simple, so good.
If you’ve never had goat cheese on a salad before, you won’t regret it. It’s creamy, slightly tangy, and pairs beautifully with fruit. My daughter begs for goat cheese at the store and eats it as a snack with strawberries or raisins. I don’t blame her. That stuff is tasty.
- Mixed spring greens, washed and torn into bite sized pieces
- Sliced strawberries
- Goat cheese
- Any fresh herbs that you have growing (optional)
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 4 T. honey
- ¼ tsp. unrefined sea salt
- Arrange your salad ingredients together in a bowl
- Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, and salt until well combined. You can also shake it up in a mason jar to mix. If your honey is creamed honey, gently warm it over the stove to slightly melt it and make it pourable.
- Pour desired amount of dressing over salad and toss together.
- A little dressing goes a long way, so start with a small amount and add more if desired.
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