Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Easy Gourmet Salad

I love a good salad!

Especially one with lots of different ingredients of a variety of colors and textures.


This recipe totally fits the bill.

You start off with a big bowl of lettuce!

I used romaine and some thinly sliced kale.

Chop up a bunch of veggies:

That's 1/3 cup golden raisins at the top, followed clockwise by about a third of an English cucumber, chopped, 1 chopped carrot, 1 chopped yellow bell pepper, 4 sliced green onions, and 1/3 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes in the middle.

Then, grab about 1/4 cup pine nuts (toasted), and about 4 ounces feta.

Pine nuts are expensive, but sometimes Aldi has them which is the only time I buy them.  I store them in the freezer until I need them.

Very often, I actually toast nuts in the microwave!  For a little nut like a pine nut, I microwave them for 3o seconds at a time until toasted.  Easy peasy!  

You can always toast them on a dry skillet, too!

Enough about the nuts!

Moving on to the dressing!

I like to put all of the ingredients into the mason jar and give it a good shake!  It works like a charm.

Now, just top your greens with the bits o' goodness!  Don't put the dressing on until right before you serve it...you don't want soggy, wilted salad.

This is a great recipe for a crowd or just to have in your fridge to go with meals for the week.  You can store it in the fridge without the nuts, cheese, and dressing, and it should last all week.  Just add the extra little bits of goodness right before serving!

You'll love the crispness from the cucumbers, the crunchiness of the carrots and peppers, the chewiness of the raisins and lightly sweet and tangy flavor of the dressing.

What a beautiful and delicious way to get your veggies for the day!

Recipe adapted from here.

I'm linking to Mouthwatering Monday at A Southern Fairytale and with Abbie at Five Days Five Ways!

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