Monday, June 6, 2011

baby spinach & cherry salad ~ maple balsamic vinaigrette

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 healthy eats- springtime treats- okay that was a bit corny, not corny in a way a corn dog is but corny as in dorky. 98% percent of the time i eat very balanced and healthy diet, first glance of this blog one would think otherwise with all the chocolaty treats that seem to find their way into my posts. i am certainly a believer that a well rounded diet and lifestyle always, I mean ALWAYS has room for dessert or something sweet to end the day. but this post is featuring the flip side; my crunchy, green & raw side- that kinda makes me sound like a hippy biker dude or a rabbit.



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when i put together a salad i like to include
a fruit- dried or fresh
a green- of course!
seeds & nuts

this salad happens to include some of  my early summer favorites- baby spinach & cherries
throw in some pepitas & pecans and you have your self a mighty fine salad

for those of you head over heels in love with cheese- goat cheese would be a perfect match for this salad. locally made goat cheese would be even better


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justin strongly believes fruits and nuts do not belong with salad. he digs more of a greek and field greens salad- he is head over heels for anything with olives. me i am smitten with the fruit and nut combo
 
my sis loves the combo of fruit and nuts too- i got her hooked with my candied hazelnut, gorgonzola, pear & cranberry salad; she has since never looked back
 


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ridiculously easy maple balsamic vinaigrette

4-2-2 ratio- truth is i never really accurately measure when i make dressings.
i pretty much close my eyes shake and taste- the dressing that is

there is no excuse not to make this dressing- making your own dressing is super cheap.super easy.
supa dupa good fo' ya!

the dressings has a tangy sweetness that i can't get enough of

grab a jar and shake it up boys n' girls


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this salad is great on its own or for a summer vbq - what you don't know what a vbq is!
sorry you just aren't cool if you haven't been to a vbq- only the cool kids are down with the vbq's.
 
the best part of making this salad was using the cherry pitter my sister got me for my birthday last year- if you don't have one and love cherries i highly suggest you get one- they are great!
 
 
maple balsamic vinaigrette
serves 2 for lunch or 4 as a side
 
you will need:
  • 4 parts balsamic vinegar
  • 2 parts olive oil
  • 2 parts pure maple syrup - pure is key here
in a jam jar or jar with a tight fitting lid pour all ingredients in and shake well

baby spinach & cherry salad

you will need:
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 pepitas
  • 2 cups pitted cherries, stems removed
toss all ingredients in a bowl and serve with the maple balsamic vinaigrette
 
enjoy!
 

7 comments:

  1. I always like to see recipes that use fresh cherries. My wife and I have been into salads for lunch lately, so we'll have to try this one. :)

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

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  2. Thanks Kitchen Noob! By the way I love the header on your Blog!

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  3. We love the looks of this gorgeous salad! We'd like to feature it on our Facebook page and link to your blog, so our readers can come here and see the recipe! Come LIKE us on Facebook. We <3 spinach!

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  4. Thank you! I Liked your page but may have posted the link myself- sorry about that- I appreciate your comment!

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  5. Heather, that's a beautiful salad! Adding maple syrup to the vinaigrette is inspired. Found you on Foobuzz, congrats! :)

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  6. Heather, another great entry. Congrats on the foodbuzz top nine placement.
    Love Mom

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