I L.O.V.E summer salads but that wasn’t always the case. After, we decided to kick refined sugar and dairy to the curb, our choices of salad dressing drastically dropped. My husband suggested that we just do olive oil but I found the salads lacking in flavor and pazzazz. I tried balsamic vinegars but I had a really hard time with their dry taste. That’s when I decided I would give flavored balsamic vinegars a try. It was love at first sight.
I often find myself craving a big salad especially if I feel like I have had a heavier breakfast or lunch. If you are lacking inspiration, a trip to the farmer’s market will definitely put you in the mood. Brightly colored reds, oranges, greens, yellow, purples and blues are neatly stacked, heaped and lumped together to create the most vivid pyramids of color.
My daughter loves the farmer’s market too. It’s so fun for her to be able to touch, taste and “help” mommy with the food we will purchase. I let my daughter pick one item that she wants. Studies have proven that touching food lowers the barrier to tasting the food. My kids don’t have to like everything but I do want them to at least try new foods.
This salad can be made in 10 minutes or less so it’s a perfect side salad or main dish with added protein. The first time I made this Mixed Green Salad with Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing, my family DEVOURED it.
My hubby eats anything! I’m constantly experimenting in the kitchen, so it’s a good trait for him to have.
However, he interrupted me to compliment me on how AMAZING this salad tasted. I love compliments, who doesn’t? But, I was even happier to see my 3 1/2 year old and 16 month old devour the salad as well. My kids aren’t always fans of fresh greens they prefer them to be sauteed or baked but this salad was an absolute hit with them!
This Mixed Green Salad with Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing is:
Crunchy, Sweet, Cheesy, and Free of Dairy, Gluten, Nuts, and Refined Sugar!
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