Here's a quick, light, easy, healthy, and tasty salad for you. I'm making use of the fresh greens that have been growing in my container garden. Normally, I'm not a salad person, only because I don't like buying heads of lettuce in the grocery store. They always taste so bland to me.
But not so with fresh garden greens. There is nothing quite like picking a few fresh leaves and eating them right away. They still have that fresh, earthy taste. And with a simple, homemade vinaigrette dressing like the one I have here, they taste even better!
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I'm delighted that my container garden on my balcony is growing! I was unsure how well it would do. So, just in case, I planted an outdoor garden at my parents' farm as well. But the containers are doing very well, and it's so much fun to step out onto my balcony and pick a few fresh greens for my cooking, like I did for this salad.
I absolutely love adding walnuts, fresh fruit, and goat cheese to salads. It's a great way to add needed healthy fats, extra crunch, and tastiness. This salad has all that, but what I like most about it is the simple dressing.
To make it, all you need to do is combine equal parts of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pure maple syrup (make sure it is 100% pure, and not the sugary, thick stuff), and a little bit of dijon mustard for a kick. Add in some thyme, and there you have it. The amounts will vary depending on how big your salad is. For my small lunch salad, I only used a 1/2 tablespoon of the first three ingredients, and a 1/4 tsp of dijon mustard with a sprinkle of thyme.
Light Apple, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette
(You can swap for some of your faves, but here's what I used for the salad in these pictures)