I love a good salad! This one is so ridiculously easy that it will leave you speechless, and if you make it for your friends and family it will leave them speechless too. How is this possible, you might ask, well luck you I am going to share the recipe with you right here so you can see for yourself!
First thing you need to do is head to the farm for some fresh picked berries. The kids and I took a trip down to Portland, OR to visit my sister and while we were there we hit up one of the most magical places on Earth, Sauvie Island. It’s no Disneyland, but if your idea of paradise is rolling fields of fresh grown produce, a lazy river beach and country life only minutes from the city, this place is for you. After a day of playing on the river and basking in the sun we stopped by a u-pick farm. While the kids (and I) weren’t up for actually picking our own berries, they had flats of fresh picked ones for us to purchase right there in the barn!
Once we got home I started experimenting with lots of new raspberry recipes. Chocolate raspberry pancakes, check. Fresh berry smoothies, check. Then I decided that I needed to turn them into a fresh summer salad. Don’t worry, if fresh picked berries aren’t an option for you that’s okay. You can use the store bought kind or even frozen ones if you happen to stumble on this post in the dead of winter. I mean, this salad is good enough to eat year round!
Raspberry, Walnut & Feta Salad
- Mixed baby greens
- Walnuts and dried raspberries mix (I like this one)
- Crumbled Feta Cheese
- Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing (recipe below)
Start off with a fresh pack of baby spinach and mixed greens. I am not a huge raw spinach fan, but when you mix it in with all those other baby greens, it just disappears into the background. Add in about a half cup of Feta crumbles and a half a cup of walnut and dried raspberry mix. Gently pour your dressing over top your salad and toss until all the leaves are coated. Serve, and enjoy!
I find this salad is the perfect way to dress up a boring frozen pizza dinner, or a fabulous dish to bring to your next potluck. I recommend not adding the dressing until you are ready to serve though.
Now get out your blender, because it’s time to make your dressing!
Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
(adapted from Food Network)
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons walnuts
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Add all of your ingredients into your blender (I obviously use my Blendtec, because it is amazing) and puree until smooth. Place in an airtight jar and refrigerate.