Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mixed Greens with Berries and Sugared Almonds

I've shared some great salads in the past (remember the beautiful fall salad, the pear and pecan salad with mustard vinaigrette, or the yummy greek/house dressing), but this one is really something special. The fruit balances perfectly with the blue cheese and the vinaigrette, and the crunch from the sugared almonds gives it some extra texture while adding so much to the overall flavor. It really is as beautiful as it is delicious.

It's a little bit of spring on a plate and I love everything about it.

Orange and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette:
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed Meyer or regular lemon juice
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
Put all of the ingredients in a jar and shake until combined. Or, blend ingredients together using an immersion blender, food processor, or blender. Taste for balance and seasoning.  This dressing will keep for a week in the fridge if there are leftovers.

Mixed Greens with Berries and Sugared Almonds

  • Mixed greens
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Sugared almonds (recipe below)
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Salt and pepper
Assemble the salad and toss with some of the dressing.  Top with raspberries, blueberries, sugared almonds, and blue cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Sugared Almonds
  • 1/2 c. raw, sliced almonds
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, cook and stir the almonds and sugar until the sugar is melted and the almonds are coated. Remove from heat, cool, and break apart. Store at room temperature until ready to serve salad. 

Adapted from: Baked Bree

1 comment:

  1. This was delicious and coming from a guy who loves his meat and cheese.