Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Salad of the season- Spinach salad with garlic basil dressing

The thing i love about summer is all the fresh salads we have on those long hot days. I love nothing more than  a brand new favourite salad recipe for the season and in the last few weeks i've been lucky enough to find two.

Christmas eating is filled with heavy rich foods and a bit of overindulgence of lovely sweet treats. Needless to say i was needing a break from all that richness and i was lucky enough to enjoy this fresh zesty salad made by my neice Michelle at a BBQ a few days later. A salad has never tasted better - light, crisp, simple and full of flavour it ticks all the boxes.
As with all recipes i've made a few tweaks to the original and it is oh so yummy.

Spinach salad with garlic basil dressing

4 handfuls of spinach leaves
chopped salad veges - capsicum, cucumber, tomatoes etc..
1/4C toasted pinenuts
1/2C chopped feta

Salad dressing

In a small bowl combine
 2T white vinegar
1 t wholegrain mustard
1t sugar
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/8 C olive oil (the original has 1/3C but i find this enough)
2 t fresh chopped basil
salt and pepper to taste

I like to set aside the dressing for awhile to let the flavours combine if i have the time.

Toss chopped salad veges together and add dressing just before serving.

Don't be fooled by the simplicity this is an amazing dish and something a little different too. The original recipe also had crispy chopped bacon which i can imagine would be wonderfully decadent too.
We will be seeing this one again. Maybe with bacon.....

Take care everyone.
(2nd favourite salad recipe of the season, beetroot, beans and feta salad, will be making an appearance here soon)


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