California Spring Mix Salad
Lamb is a delicious entree, but every meal should be balanced. Keeping up with the Joneses, so to speak, this salad is in the same league as the flavors of pistachio crusted lamb. Spring mix lettuce can seem a little extra pungent to some, so adding fruits and nuts helps to mellow out the greens. August’s birthday dinner yesterday, and subsequent dessert, were very flavorful and therefore very memorable. Some of her coworkers got to snag a few cupcakes today, but there were no leftovers of the lamb or this bright salad.
4 cups of spring mix lettuce
8 thinly sliced strawberries
1/2 of one Granny Smith apple, sliced thin
1/4 cup of blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup of chopped and toasted walnuts
3 tbs. of extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs. of fresh orange juice
1 1/2 tbs. of blackberry balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Finely minced shallots (optional)
To make the vinaigrette dressing, whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Toss all ingredients in the dressing, and serve.