Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Spring Greens Salad with Sweet & Tangy Dressing

It's summer time and one of the most satisfying meals for me is a huge bowl of salad with loads of fresh vegetables and of course cheese ;). I just love the Organic Spring Greens Mix from Sams Club which contains a mix of red and green romaine, red and green oak leaf, lollo rosa and tango lettuces get a little kick from mizuna, arugula and radicchio. It comes in a one pound box and stays nice for a week. 
Spring Greens Mix
1 Small red onion, chopped fine
Handful of grape tomatoes - chopped in quarters
Handful of red grapes ( I love the contrast in flavor this brings)
Feta Cheese Crumbled ( Any other shredded / crumbled cheese of your choice)
Croutons ( love the ones with Sea Salt and Pepper)
Jalapenos (Optional - Hubby's topping)
Cucumbers (Optional - My topping)

For the Salad Dressing
1/4 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 of 1/4 cup Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar 
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 Lime Juiced
1 Tbsp Honey
Salt & Pepper
Crushed Red Chilli flakes (as per taste)
Italian Herb Seasoning (as per taste)
1 Garlic Clove minced
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (Strictly optional)
1. In a salad mixing bowl combine all ingredients for the salad and toss lightly to mix.
2. In a glass bottle or mason jar, measure out all ingredients for the salad dressing, close the lid and give it a vigorous shake, till the dressing appears to be homogeneous.
3. Add the dressing to your salad mix well and adjust seasoning to taste. Add more cheese if you like or are like me ;)
4. Enjoy with a chilled glass of wine.