Here’s a quick, easy formula for creating salads that are delicious every time:
Greens + Fruit + Soft Cheese + Nuts
You know, like the current favorite (and getting a little tired) greens + dried cranberries + goat cheese + candied nuts.
Its a simple formula, and it always works. Lightly dress the salad with your favorite oil and vinegar based dressing to let the flavor combinations shine. Unsalted or low-salt nuts are best in a salad.
Here’s an example from my friend Laurie:
Arugula + blueberries + goat cheese + roasted peanuts (Yum, I never thought about peanuts in a salad!)
Baby spinach + strawberries + feta cheese + pecans
Salad greens + cantaloupe + gorgonzola + pine nuts
Arugula + peaches + goat cheese + walnuts
Greens + apples + blue cheese + pecans
Romaine + tomatoes (a fruit!) + avocado (creamy like soft cheese) + roasted pumpkin seeds (crunchy like nuts)
Four textures, four flavors and lots of compliments coming your way. These fun salads can jazz up a plain meal, and make leftovers shine. They look fancy, but take very little time to prepare.
What’s your favorite combination? I’d love to know!