Sunday, August 21, 2011
Spinach Salad with Mixed Berry Vinaigrette
I was pushing for a trip to the zoo mostly for the walk, I am still reeling from the Doctor visit you know, "Fat, fat fat fat, fat, drinker... you need to exercise!" I figured that the walk around the zoo with kiddos in tow plus the lunch below would help me at my next appointment, coming up in just a few days. The kids and I brought a duffel bag full of snacks, for me the leftovers from this salad and a bit of salmon. As we were sitting down to our picnic lunch at the outskirts of the zoo Miss Lu handed me the quote of the day, "I don't like eating here... there are so many animals... it's just gross."
We made this salad when we had the neighbors over for dinner a couple of days earlier, it was such a bright addition to dinner that I couldn't resist having it again:
The Salad dressing
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 clove garlic chopped
2 TBS Campaign vinegar
2 TBS confectioner sugar (more or less depending on the fruit)
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Put all of this into a blender and blend until smooth.
Couldn't have been easier about a cup of loosely packed spinach for each adult then toss with the dressing. I'll let you decide how much dressing you want, just remember that this has quite a bit of punch to it so go easy. I topped the spinach and dressing with a great mixture of nuts and assorted dry fruit, most people call it "trail mix." Then I tossed in some crumbled up goat cheese.
This one had everything my friends: the healthy stuff that my Doctor wants me to get to know better, the bright warm crunch of nuts alongside the chewy dried fruit. Top that all with creamy goat cheese and the zing that you get from this dressing and you have an awesome salad.