The Ultimate Summer Salad

Over the weekend, my FMIL (future mother-in-law) revealed one of her delicious summer recipes to me…The Ultimate Salad. If you are a salad lover, this homemade creation is for you! What makes this salad so scrumptious is a combination of yummy ingredients, paired with a made-from-scratch berry dressing. Fresh, easy, and colorful, this fabulous salad is sure to be a hit at your next summer outing.

You Will Need:

{6} ounces spinach leaves, rinsed

{1/2} cup dried cranberries

{1/2} cup crumbled blue cheese

{2} tomatoes, chopped

{1} avocado, diced

{1/4} red onion, thinly sliced

{1/2} cup walnuts, chopped

{2} tablespoons red raspberry jam, seedless

{2} tablespoons red wine vinegar

{1/3} cup walnut oil

Salt + Pepper

In a large bowl, toss together the spinach, onions, tomatoes and avocados.

In another bowl, mix dried cranberries, blue cheese, walnuts. Set aside in refrigerator.

In a small bowl, whisk together jam, vinegar, walnut oil, pepper, and salt. Taste and adjust amounts to suit your taste.

{Note: you may have experience a little sticker shock when purchasing the Walnut Oil, which runs around $12 a bottle. Yikes!}

On a large serving plate, lay the spinach and veggie mix. Add the bowl of mixed toppings. Toss dressing into salad just before serving.

We added a last minute yellow pepper in too!

Enjoy! J


1 Comment

  1. April of A. Liz Adventures
    June 21, 2011 / 1:26 pm

    Okay … this looks amazing! I'm so glad to have found your blog. I'm also a Charlottean — and your newest follower!

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