A Holiday Salad Recipe

This time of the year we are often asked to give tips on how NOT to gain weight during the holidays.  One  favorite tip is to bring your own healthy dish to the party.  I will often sign up to bring this salad so that I know I can help fill half my plate with veggies while saving enough room for other delicious goodies.  This is my go to salad recipe.  When you see the ingredient list, it make make you doubt me and think this salad may sound odd.  But, be assured I have served this countless times and I rarely have much left!  Let's get started:

Here are the ingredients you need for the salad: Spring Mix salad, nuts and/or seeds of your choice (I have used pecans and pumpkin seeds here), dried cranberres, banana, feta cheese (optional), balsalmic vinegar, olive oil, sugar, dill.

 Balsamic Green Salad with Fruit and Nuts
For the Salad:
10 oz. Spring Mix Salad Greens
¼ cup pecans or walnuts
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 banana, sliced
½ cup crumbled feta (optional)

For the Dressing:
½ cup olive oil
½ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dried dill
2-3 Tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt

1.       Place the salad greens in a large bowl.  Sprinkle on the nuts, seeds,  fruit and feta. 
2.       Place all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl; whisk until well blended.
3.       When ready to serve, drizzle salad dressing over the salad and toss. (NOTE:  You may not want to use all of the salad dressing at once.  There may be some left for another salad!)

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