Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Green Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette


It's that time of year when we all start thinking about our summer wear and how we feel in it. I always thought that as long as I fit in last years clothes I'm fine, but after a visit to the doctor for an annual visit I am convinced otherwise. It's important for all of us to look at a five year window and to take notice. Time passes by so quickly as we move through our life events and are really just trying to keep up. I am fine......just saying pay attention.

Today's post is all about this simple salad. Basically all my favorite ingredients with a few dried raisins and walnuts. By the way the walnut vinaigrette is wonderful.

Ingredients:

For Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons shallots
1/4 cup walnuts (chopped)
salt and pepper to taste



For salad:

1 bunch romaine (chopped)
1 large head broccoli (chopped)
1/2 green granny smith apple (sliced thin)
1 handful golden raisins
1 handful pea sprouts
1 handful walnuts (chopped)

To prepare:

For vinaigrette:

Add all ingredients in food processor, pulse until combined. Adding 1 tablespoon of water and then another if needed.


For salad:

Add all ingredients, mix with dressing and serve.




Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

52 comments:

  1. Looks like a really good dressing. I have been craving salads more these days. Really like the idea of maple syrup! I know what you mean about paying attention. :)

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  2. What a pretty salad and I love the walnut vinaigrette. I agree with you about healthy, it should be a priority and planning ahead is so important.
    Sam

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    1. Hi Sam, I agree, thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Sorry, Cheri, I just sent my comment to you via your contact form below by mistake ... oops!
    What I said was something like this ... once again, I'm so impressed with this recipe. I LOVE the sound of the walnut maple vinaigrette. What a perfect pairing!

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    1. Hi Helen, got it, no worries! the vinaigrette is delicious!

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  4. I can't wait to try your vinaigrette…actually, the entire salad.

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  5. I love the idea of a walnut vinaigrette! I must try this right away : )

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  6. You're right; time flies by and we do need to slow down and take care of ourselves. This healthy salad is great everyday eats. Take care!

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  7. This looks wonderful, Cheri. Simple, refreshing and great for spring....And I am glad you are paying attention to your health. Always good to take care of ourselves! Have a great holiday weekend. D

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  8. I am really excited to try this walnut vinaigrette. I love to make homemade salad dressings and have never seen one with walnuts in it. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing it, Cheri!

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    1. Hi Shari, it is a great vinaigrette as the maple syrup sweetens it just a little. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. What an interesting vinaigrette, Cheri! Love your salad and I agree - it's important to pay attention.

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    1. Thanks Robyn, now it's just taking the time to do so.

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  10. I love the sound if your walnut vinaigrette and can't wait to try it! I totally agree on keeping our health in mind with every meal.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, your absolutely right!

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  11. This salad looks delicious! I am never short of greens and beans and things to put in a bowl, but when it comes to dressings I am at a loss. I will definitely be picking up some walnuts at the market this weekend. And we do have to pay attention to our bodies. In a positive and nurturing way. We only get one of them :)

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  12. I love this salad, it looks so fresh and delicious! I am never short of greens and beans to put into a bowl, but when it comes to dressings I am at a loss. I will definitely be picking up some walnuts this weekend to try out this gorgeous vinaigrette. Also, we do have to pay positive, nurturing attention to our bodies. After all, we only get one!

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    1. You are so right, thanks for stopping by and have a great week-end!

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  13. Very intrigued by this vinaigrette. The salad looks fantastic!
    :) ela@GrayApron

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  14. It's so true! Even just a small gain of a few pounds a year adds up in a few years, so it's best to stop it before it starts! I can totally get down with this salad. Looks great!

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    1. Hi Joanne, when you say it like that it's even more important. Happy week-end!

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  15. This sweet and savory salad with your shallot vinaigrette sounds TOO good! Perfect for spring and summer. Great recipe!

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    1. Thanks Georgia, appreciate you stopping by.

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  16. I love the maple syrup in the vinaigrette - with walnuts too. I bet it is so tasty. It doesn't pay to ignore the scale and tight fitting clothes. I know from experience it can get out of hand quickly. Love this beautiful salad. Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

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    1. Hi Tricia, thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Mother's Day as well.

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  17. I love your walnut vinaigrette. I am always on the look out for good homemade salad dressings. I remember when I lived in the States it seemed like there was isles and isles of salad dressings but here not so much so make most of them from scratch. Have a super weekend. BAM

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    1. Hi Bam, so true, there are so many processed foods here, easy to get caught up in that. Happy Mother's Day!

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  18. This vinaigrette sounds delicious!
    I have to print it out right now:) Thank you.

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    1. Thank you that was so nice. Have a wonderful Mother's Day.

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  19. What a delicious and flavorful looking salad. Love the idea of a walnut vinaigrette, yum!!

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  20. A simple yet very beautiful and delicious spring salad!

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  21. Really beautiful salad! Broccoli, raisins and walnuts are one of my favorite combinations- and that walnut vinaigrette looks just delicious. I'll be trying this one soon! PS. Thanks for the health reminder...

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    1. Hi Sarah, it's one of my favorite combinations too! Thanks!

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  22. What a pretty salad cheri, love that you made the salad dressing...am definitely going to need to try this asap...those summer months are creeping up mighty fast :)

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    1. Hi Phi, thats for sure, can't believe it's May already!

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  23. Wow. This salad is super green. I love it!

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  24. What a vibrant salad and we love the addition of golden raisins!

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  25. That Walnut Vinaigrette sounds fabulous!

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  26. It's so true we all need to pay attention. My weight has been creeping up, and although I've always been healthy, the body continues to change. And isn't it wonderful how a great vinaigrette like this one makes a simple salad so special?

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