My New Favorite Salad & Dressing

Hi, friends! Did you guys have a good weekend? I sure did! Complete with more celebrations and fattening food. Sunday was a little anniversary of sorts: August 1st is the day that my husband asked me to marry him! (So glad I said yes! He’s wonderful!) Anyways, we were eating pretty rotten stuff over the weekend so to lighten things up, I’ll be making this salad today and probably tomorrow! Last week, I ate this salad three times for lunch. It’s so easy and delicious.

Don’t let the apples fool you. Their sweet taste and crunchy texture are perfect with the rest of these ingredients. I used to be an apple in salad hater once upon a time, but I took a bold move a few weeks ago and tried it and ended up loving it! Also, this salad ends up being a great option for those hot muggy days and it’s very low in carbs so it’s good for your waist line.

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think! And, don’t forget to check out my updated links/pages above!

New Favorite Salad
yield: for 1 person

for the salad-
2 cups lettuce or baby spinach
2 slices garlic & herb deli turkey
2 tablespoons toasted, chopped pecans
1/3 fuji apple, diced
1-2 tablespoons shaved parmesan cheese

for the dressing-
makes enough for large dinner salad
1 clove garlic, finely minced (if I was making this for my husband, I’d do half a clove–its garlicy stuff)
2 tablespoons maple syrup, honey or something sweet
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup light flavored olive oil or canola oil

Pour all ingredients for dressing into a leak proof container or into the bottom of a bowl. Shake or whisk until dressing has emulsified. Set aside.
Make salad by placing all ingredients into a bowl or onto a large plate. Top with desired amount of dressing.


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  1. Just found your website from IowaGirl, and love your recipes! The avocado dressing is my current fav, as I live in AZ, and avos are 5 for $1.00 right now! You’re so right about combining balsalmic with maple–great combo. I found a dish from (not sure if I should mention the web site–no affiliation–but want to give credit where due) that combines maple, balsalmic, and dijon into a paste roasted with SKB chicken thighs–heavenly! Now I just have to go make a salad!



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