Friday, January 13, 2012

Jewel Box Salad

Jewel Box Salad

While doing the round up of the Best of 2011's recipes, which are our favorites, I realized I have some how omitted sharing my favorite salad with you all! So of course today, I had to fix that and I really enjoyed doing that for you. (I know, the sacrifices I make for this blog.) ;-)

I call this a Jewel Box Salad because each little ingredients is like a gem of different flavors, each tasty on it's own but pulled all together is just delicious!

This could also be a Fall Salad, and one local restaurant calls this their Summer Salad but the beauty of it really is that all the ingredients are available year round. Right now the red grapes are in season and are especially yummy .
Bragg's Healthy Vinaigrette

I use a light vinaigrette to toss it all together and not overpower the flavors.

Our standby is Bragg's Healthy Vinaigrette, which for convenience I always keep on hand. You can get this from most health food stores or even online sources.

What I especially like about it is that
it's a vinaigrette that doesn't bite back,
if you know what I mean.
Tangy enough but not so much that it chokes you.
Ever had that happen? Not fun!

While apple cider vinegar, at least' Bragg's is still raw, the dressing bottled and all is probably not.

So I have also included their recipe so you can make it yourself too. 

But first...

The Jewel Box Salad

Toss the following into a big bowl and add dressing, 
Toss Again.
 or if you have to share, plate in and then eat!

Tender Greens
like Butter Lettuce and Radicchio 
or Baby Romaine

Apples, diced
(figure half and apple per person)

halved, if big

Raisins or Dried Cranberries


Ingredient amounts are completely up to you but don't be stingy. 
You don't want to have to hunt for the gems.

Bragg's Vinaigrette
from the back of the Bragg's ACV bottle

1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar ( ACV) 
(make sure it is organic and has the "mother"- other ACV may taste different)

1/3 cup Oil

1 tsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos 
(soy sauce or tamari may work)

1-2 tsp Honey

 1-2 cloves minced garlic

1 pinch all purpose seasoning, 
like Bragg's Sprinkles, Spike 
or Salt and Pepper to taste

makes about 4 servings

How about you? 
Any favorite Jewel Box Salad combos you feel like sharing?

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