January 17, 2014


Now, that i've shared our salad savvy tips with you, it's time to talk about some of our current favorites around here.
These four salads are my often go-to's. Between a little sweet, a little sour, some savory, a pinch of spice and bursting with nutrition greens, it is guaranteed that all of your taste buds will be in a happy land. 

Strawberry & Goat Cheese Green Salad with Basil Vinaigrette 

 The vinaigrette:
 10 large fresh basil leaves thinly sliced 
2 tbsp white wine vinegar 
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 
Salt and pepper to taste 
The salad: 
1/3 cup sliced almonds 
6 cups (packed) torn red lettuce leaves 
1 1/4 cups sliced fresh strawberries 
2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled  
*LN tip: i love this recipe with spinach or boston butter lettuce. here is your anti-flu medicine on a plate.

Fennel and Cucumber Salad:
4 scallions
1 seedless cucumber
1 fennel bulb
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
one lemon
oil and vinegar to taste
salt and pepper to taste
*LN tip: our salt of choice is either celtic gray or hawaiian pink. however, if you have any black salt on hand, this salad looks simply spectacular with black specks when served on a white plate

Kale and Blood Orange Salad

1 small bunch dino kale
4 small oranges
1 small shallot, very thinly sliced
high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
maldon salt or other large flake finishing salt
*LN tip: we've substituted blood oranges for grapefruit and other citrus a couple of times, and i am a huge fan of pink grapefruit for this version of a salad : just the right amount of sweetness for my taste.
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Pear and Gorgonzola green salad  

 2 lg pears, about 1 lb
  1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  4 oz. Gorgonzola or other creamy blue cheese
  6 C. mixed greens, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces
  1/2 C. vinaigrette dressing (bottled or homemade)
  1 C. Walnuts
*LN tip: a truly simple salad, takes seconds to make and will wow your even most gourmet guests. we added thinly sliced leaks and used simply a bit of lemon juice and freshly pressed olive oil for dressing. as a variety, some slightly toasted pecans were a big hit as well.
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Check back for more fun nutrition next week. Exotic or domestically creative, baby-friendly or gourmet eater approved, our salad savvy and salad pro series got you covered.

Do you have some favorite go-to's? Please, share!

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