Today it really feels like Spring here on the East Coast. Temperatures are supposed to get into the eighties, which is quite a change from the snow we had two weeks ago! I've been on a salad kick big time, and even started a Pinterest board dedicated to salads called "Bikini Ready Salads" because summer will be here before you know it.
This delicious salad is perfect for this time of year or throughout the summer. Mixed organic baby greens such as baby kale and baby spinach (side bar, I am looooving Organic Girl's I heart baby kale mix), are tossed with sliced strawberries, slivered almonds and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. The dressing is a simple vinaigrette with honey, poppy seeds and shallots. This makes a wonderful light lunch or a perfect side salad to serve it with grilled chicken.
I love fruit in my salads, especially when combined with the texture of nuts such as almonds and a soft cheese such as Gorgonzola. The sweetness of the strawberries compliments the cheese, and the poppy seed dressing ties it all together. This recipe was first posted back in 2008, before I owned a decent camera and the photo was so embarrassing, I decided to let it shine and give it a photo makeover.
You can swap the almonds for any nut you like, such as walnuts or pecans and the cheese can be swapped with goat cheese. For Paleo diets, leave out the cheese and use raw honey in the dressing.
Mixed Baby Greens with Strawberries, Gorgonzola and Poppy Seed Dressing
Servings: 4 • Size: 1/4 of recipe • Points +: 5 pts • Smart Points: 6
Calories: 198 • Fat: 14 g • Carb: 16.5 g • Fiber: 3.5 g • Protein: 5 g • Sugar: 12.5 g
Sodium: 144.5 mg • Cholest: 10 mg
For the dressing:
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp minced shallots
- 1 1/2 tbsp honey (raw for Paleo)
- 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds
For the salad:
- 5 oz organic mixed baby greens
- 1/4 cup slivered almond
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup gorgonzola (leave out for Paleo)
Place all the dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake.
Combine the salad ingredients in a big salad bowl and toss with dressing or you can divide the ingredients equally between four plates.