Summer is here, and salads are in season at our house. They are such a refreshing and cool compliment to a hot summer day, don’t you think? But here’s the catch, well according to me: I’m a good eater, and if I am going to eat a nice refreshing salad, I still need it to be hearty. I don’t want to eat one only to be hungry an hour later. Know what I mean?
That is one of the reasons why I love this one. The combination of the walnuts and blue cheese give it the sustenance it needs to stick to your ribs, and it doesn’t leave you needing more right after you finished cleaning the dishes. Because we all know that is the worst! Plus you get to use your handy dandy spiralizer; making noodles with fruits and vegetables is just plain fun.
Here is what I used/did:
2 small apples spiralized with blade with small holes ( to spiralize pull stem off and place in spiralizer and turn away). You can purchase the Paderno Vegetable Spiralizer here!
splash of lemon juice
3 cups of packed power greens (I get them at Costco; It’s spinach, chard and kale mixed and pre-washed)
1 cup of walnuts
3 small roasted beets peeled
Salt and Pepper
1/2 cup of blue cheese
To Roast your Beets:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel ( I use a carrot peeler) and slice your beets into rounds. Place on parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for about 40 minutes until fork tender. Let cool.
For Balsamic Dressing:
1/4 cup of Balsamic Vinegar
1 tablespoon of water
3/4 cup of olive oil
1 tsp of mustard
1 tsp of honey
1 tsp of dried rosemary or 1 drop of doTerra’s Rosemary oil
salt and pepper to taste ( I usually do 1/2 tsp or so of each)
Combine all ingredients in a jar or shaker and shake.
While beets are cooling, spiralize your apples and toss immediately in lemon juice to keep from browning. Add power greens, walnuts, blue cheese, and cooled beets. Toss with Homemade Balsamic Dressing and enjoy this cool, crisp yet hearty salad on a hot summer evening or afternoon! It would go deliciously with some grilled steak at dinner time.
Thanks for visiting, and as always may our kitchens (and medicine cabinets) become a little less processed one day at a time!