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I Do Not Like Salads

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I do not like salads. Most of the time, I can barely find one that I like. It’s really not that it doesn’t taste good, I just enjoy a balanced bite of food and eating a salad is hard work! ūüôā With salads, I can’t get all the ingredients in one bite and the cheese and thin stringy carrot parts are left at the bottom of the bowl. They look at you and say “Don’t leave me behind!!” You end up having to scoop them onto your fork with you fingers to eat them; I might as well eat my salad with my hands. Don’t tempt me haha I have no shame, I will do it! ūüėČ

BUT…lo and behold I did find a salad I like!


Spring Mix/Spinach Salad with Green Apples, Dried Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts topped Homemade Balsamic Glaze

[t’s hard to name a salad and to keep it simple. It’s really just the (long)ingredient list]


1 container of Spring Mix/Spinach Salad

1 sliced green apple

Small handful of dried cranberries (I’ll get a small bag of them from bulk food aisle and toss them in granola, trail mix, or cereal if I don’t use them in the salad)

1 cup toasted walnuts

Homemade balsamic glaze

           -2 cups of balsamic vinegar

           -1/2 cup of brown sugar

Baked walnuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Feel free to keep the walnuts whole or do a quick chop on them.
  3. Toss the nuts in some olive oil, place on a baking sheet, put them in the oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Take them out to cool.



Homemade Balsamic Glaze

  1. Mix the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar in a sauce pan; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer for a total of 20 minutes. Stir frequently. You’ll notice that the glaze will start to thicken and stick to the spoon. That’s when you’ll know it’s good to go! A heads up, it does thicken as it cools.
  3. Take off stove and let cool.



If you slice the green able into quarter inch slices, it will help you get a nice balanced bite. The apple acts kind of like the dog herding all the salad sheep onto the fork. I swear spinach and other leafy greens resist the power of the fork and want to be eaten by hand. Like I said, I’m not beneath that..I’ll totally do it if I’m hungry enough.


So, why is this salad amazing? I’ll tell you…..The green apple gives this salad a crisp tartness, dried cranberries balance that with ¬†sweetness and a soft texture. ¬†The toasted walnut gives an earthy flavor. Balsamic glaze has a creamy texture and an aroma that pulls it all together.

What is your favorite salad and salad toppings?


Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

One thought on “I Do Not Like Salads

  1. Love this salad! I don’t keep many nuts at home (sig. other is deadly allergic to them), but it all sounds heavenly! And when he’s not around I can open up one of my airtight jars labeled “POISON!” and make myself one of those! ūüôā

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