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Spring Time Fruity Salad

How many colors can you fit into one bowl?

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 This salad is bursting with flavor.  the comibnation of juicy berries, sweet madarin orange segments and creamy goat cheese is out-of-this-world delicious!

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Let me introduce you to my favorite dressing.  I know some people can’t stand bottled dressings, but this Sweet Vidalia Onion dressing is by far the tastiest one out there, corn syrup, chemicals and all ( I just looked up the nutional info and ingredients, and there isn’t any corn syrup!  And I can pronounce most of the ingredients!  Win!  I still might try to make my own version some day…) I have attempted making my own version, but haven’t come anywhere close.

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 And just like sandwiches, I hesitate to call this a “recipe.”  There isn’t even any method or technique.  Just slice up your fruit and put it on top of a bed of greens.   But the flavor combination was spot on, and I havea  feeling I’m going to be eating this salad A LOT through the Spring and Summer months.

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I just had to share this beauty.  I could look at these pictures all day.

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 Spring Time Fruity Salad

serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup canned mandarin orange segments
  • 4 large strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • Dressing of your choice (I choose Ken’s Light Sweet Vidalia Onion, but other good options would be a poppyseed dressing, or a fruity balsamic vinegarette.  I think staying on the sweet side would be best for this salad)

Toss all ingredients together, and enjoy!

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Cranberry Orange Granola

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My favorite breakfast is Greek yogurt, some kind of fruit and some kind of cereal/grain mixed together.  Often, that cereal is granola.  Until this day, I have never made my own granola, opting for the store bought kind for its ease and convenience.  Store-bought granola is easy, but sometimes has a questionable ingredient list and often has a lot of sugar and unnecessary calories.

I was inspired by the orange flavored dried cranberries I found at the grocery store.  I thought they would make a perfect addition to granola.  My first attempt at making my own granola resulted in a delicious, healthy alternative to my favorite store bought variety.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups raw rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries (I used orange flavored cranberries, but plain works just as well)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats and almonds together.
  3. In a small bowl, mix orange zest, oil, honey, orange juice, salt and cinnamon until combined.
  4. Add wet mixture to oat mixture and stir until oats are completely coated.
  5. Spread oat mixture into a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to ensure even browning.
  7. When granola is cool, stir in cranberries.
  8. Let granola cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

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