Apr 27, 2012

Homegrown Salad & Balsamic Vinaigrette - recipe

I haven't talked much about our garden this year, I guess I've been a little consumed by the girls lately!

The lack of attention on the blog does not reflect the lack of attention of it in our lives. Most of you know the husband has quite the green thumb - I'm pretty sure he could grow just about anything!


Spring is my all time favorite part of gardening because of all the greens, onions and radishes. Although we don't have many flowers in the back yard, we have a surplus of salad ingredients growing. We'd rather eat our garden than look at it.

That's sweet p helping me with a day's harvest and the last picture, she's talking on her lettuce phone.

I have some salad ideas I plan on sharing soon so here's a super easy dressing recipe to put on those salads.

Balsamic vinaigrette is my absolute favorite dressing, especially when it's with feta, blue cheese or goat cheese. YUM. Next to homemade croutons, it's my favorite thing to put on a salad.


So here's what you'll need:

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon spicy mustard
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
about 1 tablespoon herbs, I like a combo of oregano and basil
salt and pepper

Put it all in a jar, shake it up and that's it.

The picture above is one of my favorite dinner salads: mixed greens, sliced strawberries, grated carrots, sliced green onion, sliced radishes, fried goat cheese and slices of grilled chicken - I used the Tyson precooked chicken strips so all I had to do was heat them in a skillet for about 7 minutes! SO EASY!

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.


  1. can I borrow your husband to make me a garden? Please! Your salad looks so yummy! And I love the pic of the lettuce phone!

  2. this looks delish! please tell me how you made your fried goat cheese? i mean for the breading and cooking :)

    1. Thanks! I used a version of this recipe: http://www.recipeforcrazy.com/2011/08/salad-with-fried-goat-cheese.html

      I didn't have panko on hand but I had tempura batter mix so I just rolled balls of goat cheese in the tempura mix. I didn't use egg either. I did use the seasoning and just pan fried it. Hope that's not too confusing :)

  3. Just came across your blog searching for a queso recipe and have to say that it is adorable! Love your layout :)

  4. That salad looks delicious!!!


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