Picture this for your next meal: a bowl of wilted iceberg salad, topped with a few ragged carrot slices and waxed cherry tomatoes, sopped in cheap ranch dressing. Sounds appetizing, right? Not really! It sounds like a bland meal that will leave you looking for something else to eat.
Many of us are still learning the power of a well-crafted salad to delight our senses while also nourishing the body. Not that every salad has to be a celebrated masterpiece, but certainly, there are ways to avoid the boredom of tired, nonspecific salads made with little thought or care.
With that in mind, here’s a simple and delicious salad recipe that can make your next meal a bit more interesting. Consider it a gateway into a world of possibilities.
- Spring mix lettuce, 8 cups
- Dried cranberry, 1/3 cup
- Organic walnuts, roughly chopped and roasted, 1/3 cup
- Crumbled goat cheese, 1/3 cup
- Raspberry walnut vinaigrette, as desired
- Salt and pepper, as desired
Rinse, and thoroughly drain spring mix lettuce, then place in a salad bowl. Sprinkle all ingredients evenly over the spring mix lettuce. Individual servings can be dressed with vinaigrette, salt, and pepper according to taste preferences. Four servings are included in this recipe.
Some Notes to Think About
This refreshing salad can be made to suit. Feel free to add or omit ingredients as you like. The salad can be served as a side dish or modified into a meal by itself. Although the dried cranberry health benefits are hard to beat, all topping ingredients are merely suggestions. You can change the flavor profile by adding fresh sliced pears or apples or substituting crumbled bleu cheese or feta in place of the goat cheese.
Healthy Salad Toppings to Enjoy Your Meals
At Nature’s Garden, you’ll find plenty of healthy snack food choices. And the great thing about our products is that they are easily repurposed to complement a healthy meal. It’s common for our customers to brighten up a healthy meal with our nuts & seeds, and dried fruits. Do yourself a favor and never eat a boring salad again!