Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Salad with Orange Vinaigrette


Strawberry Fennel Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

How does a tasty salad sound to go with this spring weather?  I'm guessing pretty good.  I'm so craving some lighter and healthier foods.  This salad has it all, fresh greens, strawberries, gorgonzola cheese, pecans and even a bit of fennel all drizzled with a freshly made orange vinaigrette.  It is so good and your taste buds will thank you!

I'm kind of wishing I did a bit better with eating this winter but you know, the body wants what the body wants and that usually involves heavier carbs.  Now that it is April, I'm planning some lighter dinners and lunches.  There's still plenty of time to get back on track - better eating and hitting the gym.

Strawberry, Fennel, Pecan Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield - 2 salads
Ingredients
  • 3 cups salad greens (your choice)
  • 4 large strawberries sliced thin
  • 8-10 thin fennel slices
  • 2 tablespoons gorgonzola cheese
  • handful candied pecans
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey mustard
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 olive oil
Instructions
  1. On two plates divide the greens, cheese, strawberries, pecans and fennel
  2. In a small food processor combine the orange juice, honey, mustard, vinegar, salt & pepper (to taste) and mix well
  3. Drizzle in oil olive and mix until well combined
  4. Pour over salad dishes
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What's on your agenda this spring?  Do you like getting back in the yard, planting, biking, walking?  It's definitely one of my favorite times of the year when everything is anew again.  I even like the rain, well not a lot, but enough to wash away winter's icky stuff. 

Spring Salad with homemade Orange Vinaigrette

I think you will really like this dressing too.  It's so fresh and would work well on any salad or make a tasty marinade for chicken and grilling.

Spring Salad

Still looking for more salads?  I've got a few more up my sleeve!


12 comments:

  1. This salad does sound good to me! I love the addition of fennel, too -- it adds that nice, fresh crunch and flavor that just makes a salad unique. And that orange vinaigrette sounds drinkable! :)

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  2. Deb, love this combo! A must try thanks for share :)

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  3. Mmmm...love strawberries in my salad, and of course the cheese helps. The dressing seals the deal!

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  4. What a beautiful spring salad! And the vinaigrette sounds delicious!

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  5. Oh wow, that sounds lovely!
    I hope you will share your recipe with our Link Up - Idea box:

    http://milaslittlethings.com/2015/04/idea-box-thursday-link-party-5.html

    xx
    Mila

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  6. Mmm this looks really delicious. Im going to have to give this recipe a try!

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  7. Yes! You know I love my salads and this one will surely be added to the mix!!

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  8. That's my kind of salad...looks delicious!!!

    Lisa @ FunMoneyFinds

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  9. This salad looks great! I have been loving orange oil on salad and think I would love your orange vinaigrette!

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    1. Hello gorgeous! I love seeing your masterpieces.Thank you for bringing such great things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm.. Lou Lou Girls

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  10. Your salad looks delicious, sometimes I eat salads for lunch and dinner all week long.

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