Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Raspberries have been on sale in the markets for 3 weeks now. Its the end of summer surplus, so why not take advantage of these fruits along with the newly in season apples and soon to be pears? There is no better way than a fresh salad, mixed greens, lots of fruit, a great dressing and add pork chops or chicken breasts to create a complete meal. Soon, it will be soup weather (it probably already is for you East coasters!) and there is nothing better than hot soup, fresh salad, and home made bread.

There is no reason to ever buy an expensive bottle of salad dressing. It seems like the less expensive brands are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, sodium and other unhealthy additives, and to avoid those ingredients, you can easily pay $6-7 for a little bottle. I have many dressings up my sleeve and have already shared several. Here is one more, and my crystal ball is telling me there will probably be more in the future of this blog!

  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder (use 1/4 tsp if you don’t want it spicy)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 black pepper
  • 3/8 cup olive oil (canola oil would work, too)

In a blender, combine all ingredients except for oil. Blend at medium speed for 1 minute. With blender at medium speed, pour oil in very slowly.

Toss with whatever you want! I went with apples, raspberries, red onion, glazed walnuts and pork chops over mixed greens.

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Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries, Pistachios and Feta

I talk a lot about how I don’t create any of these recipes on my own but collect and test them. I suppose the closest I have come to doing it on my own is be trying to recreate something I had in a restaurant. That’s how I came up with my Turkey Pesto Sandwiches and also this salad. There is nothing to cook here besides the chicken but the combination of ingredients in this salad is so good, I have to share. I am on the lookout for the perfect low-cal balsamic vinaigrette recipe, until I find it, I just use a jar of whatever is on sale.

  • mixed baby greens
  • cooked chicken (a great way to utilize leftovers, or just grill up enough for your salad)
  • sliced strawberries
  • feta cheese
  • chopped pistachios
  • dried cranberries
  • balsamic vinaigrette

I guess the rest is obvious, combine it all in a large bowl and toss. This makes a very easy dinner or refreshing lunch, with strawberries on sale everywhere, you should try it today!