Having a go-to potluck worthy salad in your repertoire in always a great idea. Not only can you prepare it in a pinch but if you always have the required ingredients in your kitchen, you can make it any time you need. This spinach salad with a raspberry dressing is packed with flavour and contains many ingredients that you may already have on hand in your kitchen.
This salad is also incredibly versatile and can be made with any combination of veggies you might find in your fridge. The dressing we created for this salad is made using pureed raspberries, making it 400% fancier than any other dressing you could buy at the store! We always have frozen raspberries in our freezer and combined with a few other pantry staples you can create a restaurant worthy dressing in a split second!
Spinach Salad with Raspberry Dressing
This spinach salad with a raspberry dressing is packed with flavour and contains many ingredients that you may already have on hand in your kitchen.
Mash up raspberries to form a puree. Combine in a mason jar with the other dressing ingredients and set aside.
Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl.
Shake up your dressing to ensure it's mixed and serve it with the finished spinach salad.
- You can add or substitute any of the vegetables in the salad for what you have available in your fridge.
- Feel free to roast the pecans before adding them to your salad.
- Store your leafy greens properly to get the most out of them.
There is no better way to enjoy fresh seasonal veggies than by eating them in a salad, and the best way to enjoy a salad is by adding pasta to it. Pasta salad is one of my favourite summer side dishes. It is incredibly versatile and you can put any vegetable you want in it.
Bring a large pot with salted water to boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Rotini will take about 8-10 minutes for an al dente finish.
Shred carrots and chop green onions. Prep all your vegetables for the salad: wash, core and seed, and chop. If using broccoli, the salad will turn out better if the broccoli is steamed for 2-3 minutes.
Once the pasta is cooked, drain and cool until room temperature. You can just leave the pasta until it's cooled, or to finish quicker, you can run some cold water over the pasta until it's a good temperature.
Combine all ingredients in large bowl.
Whisk all ingredients together in small bowl or measuring cup. When salad has been combined, dress the salad and mix thoroughly. If desired, crumble some feta cheese over the top.
This colourful Greek Barley Salad is packed full of fibre and veggies. Using barley as the base to this salad has the benefit of giving it a huge nutritional punch while also being easy to prepare.
The recipe is very versatile. You can use pot or pearl barley to make this salad and feel free to make extra barley to freeze for future use. Any veggies you have on hand can be added or substituted to make this salad your own. We strongly recommend making the salad dressing in a mason jar so that you can shake to mix the ingredients well – this is a fun task for kids too!
Greek Barley Salad
This colourful Greek Barley Salad is full of veggies and packs a nutritional punch. Serve it as a dinner side or as part of a healthy lunch.
Combine barley with 2 cups of water and cook until tender (about 40 minutes).
Meanwhile, combine salad dressing ingredients in a mason jar. Shake and set aside.
When barley is cool, combine with cucumber, onion, pepper, and baby tomatoes in a large bowl.
When ready to serve, pour dressing over salad and mix to combine.