Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer Fresh Salad

Well it’s been awhile since I managed to get together for a post, mainly I have just been forgetting to take pictures of my latest kitchen creations; but it’s also been a busy summer and too hot to stand over the oven! No excuses though, I better start getting my act together! I’ll be posting more regularly again and will try hard not to have such a long break!

It’s been very hot here in Calgary, and we’ve been living on BBQ and salads for the better part of the summer. This is one of my favourites and a regular rotation on our menu. The dressing is light and tangy with a slight sweetness from the rice wine vinegar and the honey. It’s very versatile and goes well with most salads that I make, but I particularly love it with this combination. The tartness of the kale pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the dressing, and the cucumber and tomatoes add the perfect amount of juiciness. This salad is perfect for a quick and easy side to any meal you are making, but goes particularly well with barbequed Greek chicken kabobs (check back soon for that recipe!!)

Summer Fresh Salad

Prep time: 5 minutes // Yields: 4 - 6 servings

½ head romaine, washed and torn into bite size pieces
4 Lg Kale leafs, washed and torn into bit size pieces
1 lg carrot, grated
Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cucumber, diced
2 green onions, diced
Feta to garnish

For the dressing:
1/8 c. olive oil
1/8 c. balsamic vinegar
1 TBSP rice wine vinegar
1 tsp honey
Salt & pepper to taste

In a large measure cup, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk vigorously with a fork until well mixed. Set aside.
Mix Lettuce and Kale in a large salad bowl, and pour in desired amount of dressing and fold until all the greens are covered.
Add carrot, tomato, cucumber and green onion to the bowl and gently toss.
Crumble feta over top and serve.
Optional: Try topping this salad with toasted sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts to add more texture and flavour!

It really is that easy! So, what are your favourite ingredients to add to your salads?