Saturday night some wonderful friends came over for dinner and they brought a delicious, flavorful and so fresh salad. I loved it, and the ingredient combinations so much I had to recreate and share with all of you! A great addition to enjoying a meal with others are the new ideas you can soak up from their culinary creativity and taste. I’m always up for people contributing.
We had a great time fellowshipping over some Apricot-Thyme Chicken (recipe coming soon) and this beautiful new salad I’ve added to my repertoire. The mushrooms and goat cheese won me over. This one has crunch, creaminess and is so refreshing. Feel free to toss in any seasonal, or farmer’s market vegetables you pick up.
Serve as a side at a barbecue, dinner or Mother’s Day lunch. Transform into a main course by topping with grilled chicken breasts or shrimp. It’s simple, elegant and will go wonderfully alongside about any featured dish you put on the table. Enjoy and thank you to our friends Jake and Jenny!
SPRING GREENS SALAD
• 1/2 head GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
• 1/2 head RED LEAF LETTUCE
• 5 oz FRESH MUSHROOMS, sliced & cleaned
• 1 SEEDLESS CUCUMBER (HOTHOUSE or ENGLISH), chopped
• 1 large RED BELL PEPPER, sliced
• 1 large YELLOW or GREEN BELL PEPPER, sliced
• 4 oz FETA or GOAT CHEESE, crumbled
• SEA SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE
• ANY GOOD LIGHT BOTTLED BALSAMIC DRESSING or my ROASTED GARLIC BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE or CREAMY PARMESAN DRESSING*
*Gluten-free option: Use a gluten free variety if choosing a bottled dressing.
In a large bowl tear washed and dried lettuces into bite-size pieces (or use 5 oz package mixed baby greens or spinach). Top with mushrooms, cucumber, peppers, crumbled cheese, sea salt and pepper if desired. Drizzle with a good bottled light balsamic dressing or whisk together some extra virgin olive oil, honey, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add dressing calories accordingly. A good light bottled dressing should be under 100 calories per serving. I like light Newman’s Own, Amy’s or Annie’s brands (last 2 have gluten free varieties).
VARIATIONS: Add fresh herbs like parsley or basil, fresh lemon zest, any favorite vegetable (cherry tomatoes, green onion, shredded carrot, broccoli) or multigrain croutons. Top with sliced grilled chicken breasts or shrimp to make a main meal.
NUTRITION INFO PER SERVING (w/ 8 servings): 60 calories, 3.5g fat, 2g sat fat, 15mg cholesterol, 6g carb, 2g fiber, 3g sugar, 4g protein