(Say that five times fast!)
I’m not a huge fan of salad recipes.
To be honest, when I make a salad I want the freedom to throw in whatever vegetable I want, top it with some sort of protein and call it a fresh, nutritious, wholesome meal. Because of that, I don’t really like someone telling me what to put in my salad, but my hope is that you don’t feel the same way. This salad is good–really good. It combines the light, fresh flavors of greens with the chewier, sweeter flavors of raisins and pecans; then it’s all brought together with Great Northern Beans, creamy avocado and a homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette.
I think it’s amazing, but don’t trust my opinion. Try it for yourself and see if you agree.
End-of-Summer Salad with Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette
- Salad greens (spinach, romaine, red/green leaf, etc. You decide.)
- Chopped tomatoes
- Chopped red peppers
- Sliced cucumbers
- Chopped celery
- 1/4 avocado, diced
- 1/3 cup Great Northern Beans
- Handful raw pecans
- Handful raisins
- Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette (recipe below)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss. Serves 1.
By the way, the emboldened ingredients are the most important ones that make this salad. The others are pretty basic and can be substituted as you see fit, but the tomatoes and peppers do taste pretty good.
Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette
- 4 fresh raspberries
- splash of water, if needed
- 1.5 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- smidgen of sea salt
- 1/2 t balsamic vinegar (optional)
- sweetener (optional)
Place the fresh raspberries in a small bowl and mash them with a fork till liquefied. You may need to add a splash of water to help get things going. Next, add the rest of the ingredients and whisk together with a fork. Add the balsamic vinegar and/or sweetener, both of which are optional. I didn’t think it needed any sweetener, but I do recommend the balsamic vinegar. It ties everything together. Enjoy!
I reallyyyy like this salad. And this dressing.
Try it. Pretty please with raspberries on top?
Question of the Day: What’s your favorite salad combination? Are you a fan of salad recipes or do you prefer to make it up as you go? What about dressings–which are your favorite?
Thanks for reading!