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Gorgonzola Cheese, Anjou Pears, and Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette dressing YUM!

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Gorgonzola garlic salad

You haven’t had a true salad until you’ve tasted this one. I know I know I know what you’re thinking; …garlic and pears??? EW!

WRONG! Think again. The savory flavors of the roasted garlic vinaigrette, go astonishingly well with the sweet Anjou pears.

This salad is quick, fresh and a delight side to any main course, or a perfect lunch all on its own 🙂

Ps oh my gosh you guys, these pictures turned out so great!! I’m getting so much better with my food photography!

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Apple Pecan Summer-Berry Salad!

This salad is perfect for any summer gathering, party or lunch!

The combination of fruit, nuts and dark leafy greens makes this salad not only delicious, but high up on a healthy scale.

It also only took me 5 minutes to put it together. Easy and delicious, my favorite combination 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Apple Pecan Dressing
  • Green Apple Slices
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Dark Leafy Spring Lettuce
  • Spinach Leaves

I found that this salad is better shaken. When you just pour the dressing over the lettuce, it tends to clump up on various ingredients and doesn’t reach to others. Trust me, this incredible dressing is so tasty, you’ll want it to reach every piece!

Make sure not to over-dress your salad. The delicate sweetness of the Apple Pecan dressing is delicious, but it’s easy to over do it. Start small, and add as needed.

Enjoy!

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Apple Pecan Dressing!

My Best Friend Allie, my puppy Locket and I decided to take a road trip up to Julian today!

If you’ve never been to Cali, Julian is a little tiny adorable town up in the mountains with the CUTEST little shops and restaurants. Upon our adventuring around the town, I almost peed my pants with excitement when we found an all natural section in their town store!

All natural dressings, tons of all natural flavors of home-made honey and jams jams jams galore!  I spent a good 10 minutes with my legs crossed, on the hard wood floor of that 50 year old market, looking through all the various flavors of dressing. From Blackberry Walnut, to Apple Pecan, to Poppyseed- I could have spent tons of money just on salad dressing. Unfortunately I like to keep my money right where I can see it (hanging in my closet), so I had to choose just one.

As you can see, I chose Apple Pecan dressing. I’m so glad I did because I can’t WAIT to get home and create a delicious salad to go along with it.

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Trust me, you can absolutely look forward to TONS of Apple Pecan recipes coming your way soon!

 

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RED WHITE and BLUEberry Salad!

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This patriotic masterpiece is by far one of my 4th of July favorites.
Grab your American flags, this colorful fruit salad, and a fork; and come celebrate how great America is (the healthy way!)

Ingredients:
Crunchy wontons
Manderine oranges
Strawberries
AVOCADOS!!
Candied Walnuts
Blueberries
Mixed spring salad
Spinach
Cranberry Walnut Vinegarette Dressing

Bring this salad to ANY 4th of July party, and you will absolutely be the favorite of the day!

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7 ways to make a boring salad more fun and healthy :)

Now that you’ve made the decision to put a fitspirational “spin” on your healthy lifestyle, prepare to discover the delicious world of salads! Salads are great because not only do they give your body a good cleansing- they can be incredibly filling, and are customizable to your personal need. Take this post as an opportunity to add more salads to your life, and break out of the boring world of iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing.

 

Healthy Salad Tip

1.) Add fruits and veggies- Fruits and Vegetables are a fabulous way to spice up a boring salad. If pared with the right dressings, it can make an average side salad into an entire meal!

2.) Go nuts- There’s nothing like adding some protein to the mix. Candy-up some walnuts, or toss some sliced almonds in with your salad creation. Pine nuts, pistachios and caramelized cashews are some of my personal nutty favorites.

3.) AVOCADO!- I know I already made a veggie section… but I had to make a special number just for avocado. I’m not even kidding, I pretty much add avocado to every salad if I can get my hands on them. (If you’ve been following me for a while, you’re probably already aware of my avocado obsession.) AND PROUD OF IT! Pack in the protein again with these delicious slices of heaven!

4.) Chill it- Popping the salad in the freezer for 3-5 minutes right before you eat it makes the leaves much crispier and leaves you with that freshly satisfying salad taste.

5.) Dark leafy greens– Adding some spinach and dark greens into your salad not only makes it healthier, it gives it a spectacularly colorful look too. There’s nothing more fun then seeing 90830974290847 colors jumping out at you in your salad. I especially love adding red lettuce as well.

6.) Let’s get cheesy- Top 3 favorite cheeses to add to salads: Feta, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Goat Cheese. Ok guys, when I say add cheese to your salad… I’m NOT saying add salad to your cheese. In other words, don’t go crazy with your cheesy obsession. Use cheese as a flavorful compliment, not the foundation of your salad.

7.) Have fun with it- One of the ways I absolutely fell in love with the spectacular world of salads was having a blast creating them in my kitchen! The prettier I could possibly make them look, the healthier they became and the more excited I was to eat them up. Put on your favorite music (I like listening to country music when I’m cooking) and dance around in your kitchen!

8.) Get Creative- Unless your fridge looks like it just got eaten out in a zombie apocalypse, there’s a pretty great chance you have plenty of salad ingredients sitting on the shelves already. Release your inner Julia Childs (minus the 10 sticks of butter) and have fun with the wonderful things you find lying around in your fridge. My summer salad recipe was created by having fun with existing fridge ingredients.

 

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3 minute summer fruit salad!

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Salads are so great because of how quick and easy they are to throw together. This salad took just 3 minutes to make, and it’s incredibly healthy.

Packed with dark leafy greens, fresh strawberries and black berries galore, a delicate sprinkle of feta cheese and topped with a poppy seed vinegarette; this salad is the perfect quick and easy summer salad.