Summer is just around the corner, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite go-to summer salads. Okay so I love berries which means that whenever I get to use any kind of berry on my salad I’m a happy girl. This salad has five basic ingredients:
- Spinach salad mix (any salad mix will due, but I like the variety of flavor/texture in this one)
- Strawberries (which are in season!)
- Crumbled blue cheese ( you can also use Gorgonzola or feta cheese)
- Lemon juice (to preference)
- Balsamic vinegar ( to preference)
The best thing about this salad is that you can alter it to make it more filling and scrumptious of simply have it in its very simple form. I don’t know about you, but most of the time I am rushing out of the house in the morning so it works that I can throw these simple very accessible ingredients together quickly and go. You can add walnuts or sliced almonds and chia seeds to it for more crunch and nutrients. It’s also fun to try it with flavor infused balsamic vinegar. There is this really great specialty store in Berkeley/Oakland Hills that sell beautifully flavored balsamic vinegar and olive oil. They let you sample so you can find the right flavor.
This salad is really the perfect fit for me. I usually prep the spinach, berries and cheese the night before and add the balsamic and lemon juice in the morning. I even leave the strawberries whole and cut them up when I’m ready to enjoy. Give it a try and let me know what you think!