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Salad Greens, Dressed Up

Chicken, spinach, apples, walnuts, olive oil, vinegar
The weather here in west Michigan was shockingly warm last week.  It put me in the mood for a tasty salad from the garden.  But, since it was the middle of March, my garden hasn’t really done much yet – and probably won’t until I plant some more seeds.

This meal came together pretty quickly, which I appreciated because I had James at work with me, which is fun but can make for a long day.  I didn’t follow a recipe, but just figured it out as I went.  I didn’t take notes, either, so here’s what I think I did.   I forgot to get the bacon out of the freezer, but I’m sure it would have been a wonderful addition.

  • 1 chicken breast, chopped and cooked
  • 1 large handful of walnuts, chopped
  • 2 small apples, chopped
  • 2 bowls of salad greens – we put the greens right in the bowls we’re going to use to eat

Kip was put in charge of the dressing and I think he followed the rule of thumb to use 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar and I told him to add 1 tablespoon of honey.  The vinegar was a white balsamic vinegar with peach flavors from Old World Olive Press.  Not surprisingly, the dressing ended up too sweet.  The tablespoon of honey is for a much larger batch of dressing than Kip made, so I added a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

Salad of greens, chicken, walnuts, and apples

Usually I would think apples, walnuts, and peaches might be an odd combination, but the weather had me in a summer mood,  so if the only way I could have peaches was as dressing on my salad, I was going to go with it.  I’m not sure if I should call it adventurous or admit I didn’t think about the apple / walnut / peach combination.  Either way, it was great.




Summer Salad

Local lettuce

+3 fresh peaches

+1c fresh blueberries

+Dancing Goat local goat cheese

+Old World Olive Press White Peach Balsamic Vinegar

= Our favorite summer salad