Salads can be boring. In fact, every time I try to eat a salad for lunch I feel disappointed – like an opportunity for something delicious has been robbed from me. Which is why I am the queen of fun salads in my house, and am always looking to create new ways to put together my favorite fruits, veggies and nuts.
This is a recipe I haven’t made for YEARS but thought it was time to bring it back into the rotation, especially in time for Shavuot! You can serve this as a side salad for any dairy meal, and it’s perfect for a Shabbat lunch dish. Want to make it into a full meal? Serve it with some simply grilled or poached salmon and you are sure to feel some salad salmon satisfaction. Want to serve it with a meat meal? Just leave off the goat cheese!
I like making my own dressing, but you don’t have to – just pour on your favorite bottled dressing or drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
For the salad:
1 package pre-washed spinach
1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup chopped seedless cucumber
1/2 cup shelled edamame
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
For the dressing:
2 tsp whole grain or dijon mustard
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
Place spinach leaves in large bowl. Add blueberries, cucumber, edamame, goat cheese and macadamia nuts.
In a small bowl combine mustard, lemon juice, honey, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle in olive oil and whisk until dressing comes together.
The reason I love this simple recipe is: you can prep it beforehand, it stays great, it’s cheap, and it’s very yummy! The vinaigrette is simple but very flavorful, as I have found many Moroccan Jewish recipes to be.
The recipe serves 4-6, but I like to double it and eat the leftover salad throughout chol hamoed.
For the salad:
1 thinly sliced cucumber
2 cold boiled potatoes, sliced
3 bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced: i use one green, one red, one orange for color :)
2 2/3 cups pitted olives (any variety you like)
3 scallions, sliced thin
For the vinaigrette:
3-5 chopped garlic cloves
6 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
Juice of 1/2 a lemon, or 1 Tbsp or so lemon juice
2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
salt to taste
Lay all of the veggies and potatoes out on a nice platter (think oval-shaped platter). Scatter the olives all around and the scallions on top.
In a small bowl whisk all the ingredients for the vinaigrette.
Pour vinaigrette over the veggies, olives, and scallions.