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! 🙂 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! 😉
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
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Feel free to keep the walnuts whole or do a quick chop on them.
- Toss the nuts in some olive oil, place on a baking sheet, put them in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Take them out to cool.
Homemade Balsamic Glaze
- Mix the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar in a sauce pan; bring to a boil.
- 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.
- 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?