My husband is a typical Texas man, and as such when we met, his standard fare was Chicken Fried Steak and Potatoes, steak and potatoes, venison, casseroles and green beans.
I remember the first time that my husband had a salad with fruit in it – it was at my Aunt’s house for Thanksgiving and it was a gorgeous leafy green salad with sliced pears, walnuts and crumbled feta. It was beautiful and delicious and he looked at it like it was going to attack him. Being the good sport that he is, and because he was still trying to make a good impression on my family, he tried it.
I think his eyebrows leapt to his hairline and that old tagline went running through my head: “He likes it! He really likes it!”
Fast forward 15 something years and my husband has definitely become more adventurous in his eating, and it doesn’t take much convincing for me to get him to eat salads and fruit.
After two weeks of packing and moving and traveling back and forth we were both tired of eating on the run, and desperately craving good fresh greens.
Since we’re in our new home, and talking about new beginnings I’m trying to take advantage of the fresh fruits and veggies available to me from the market just down the road, and make things that are filling, healthy and easy, so that I’m spending less time in the kitchen, and more time with the family.
I put together one of my favorite dark leafy green salads with fresh seasonal fruits, and then whipped up a zesty Dijon white wine vinegar dressing to go with it, and it is a definite winner! This salad can easily stand alone as the main dish, or it can be served as a side for grilled citrus salmon or chicken.
As an added bonus, while I was putting the salad together, I dropped an apple slice in the dressing and discovered that this dressing drizzled over sliced apples is a killer snack. Sweet, crunchy, savory… YUM
Delicious fruits and berries pair with dark leafy greens to create a salad that is both texturally appealing and tasty.
- 1 (12 oz) bag of dark leafy green salad mix
- 1 medium apple, thinly sliced
- 1 C blueberries
- 8 strawberries, sliced
- 1 C dried cranberries
- Remove the stems from the strawberries and slice
- Cut the apple in half and cut into thin slices, removing the seeds
- Put the salad mix into a serving bowl and top with apple slices, dried cranberries, blueberries and strawberries.
For an added crunch, top with chopped walnuts and savory blue cheese crumbles add another level yumminess
- • 2/3 C mayonnaise
- • ¼ C White Wine Vinegar
- • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- • 1 Tbsp white granulated sugar
- • ½ Medium shallot, minced
- • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
- In a glass mixing bowl or mason jar, add all the ingredients and mix well. Add fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
You can chill or serve immediately over the salad. Shake or whisk together, and allow to come to just room temp prior to serving each time.
This is also delicious drizzled over freshly sliced apples and strawberries for a healthy and yummy snack! Crispy, Crunchy, Sweet, Savory. YUM.