A Little Salad and I Love Balsamic Vinegar!

by zesty on April 23, 2010 · 8 comments

Happy Friday and welcome to the closest day to the weekend you can get!  Whooo Hooo.  So as of late I have been trying to eat more salads in the middle of the day instead of sandwiches and other things for lunch.  Whether it is working on the waist line or not – we shall see!  Let’s just say I really do love salads but sometimes I get tired of the same ole dressings you see inside the fridge door so most of the time I just whip up my own.

It is nothing extravagant by any stretch just a simple vinaigrette.  Lately I have been obsessed with Balsamic Vinegar! I love it.  The tartness and the flavor in such a small amount is incredible.  Here is a simple salad I whipped up.

During the excitement of building the salad, I forgot to add the walnuts before snapping the pic…. my apologies


  • Few handfuls of Leaf lettuce
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Feta cheese
  • Red peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Toasted walnuts
  • 1/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic ( crushed)
  • 3/4 Cup Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  1. Chop and toss all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Over a medium dry saute pan, slowly roast the walnuts until toasted.
  3. In liquid measure or small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.  I also like to use a mason jar to add it all in and throw the lid on and shake it up.
  4. Dress the salad
  5. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: Dress your salads just before serving to avoid wilting of the greens and causing the salad to be soggy.  Also if you are adding nuts to the salad it is a nice idea to toast them before adding them to the salad for enhanced flavor.

So that is my salad!  No of course if you are interested in salads then the world is endless.  The varieties and possible ingredients go beyond what the mind can imagine.  If you want to participate in a Salad Challenge – go check this out.  RhodeyGirlTests is hosting a “I LOVE SALAD” Challenge.  I think I should check it out.

Question of the day: Favorite Dressing

What is your favorite dressing?  Does it depend on the greens, vegetables, or do you have a staple that you go to every time?

I am off for now but back again on Monday.  Cooking will be performing super dad duties all weekend as Mrs. Cooking is off for a girls weekend of running and shopping.  Have a great weekend.

Take care


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah R

I love Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette. It’s my go to dressing. But I also like using about half a lemon, drizzle of EVOO, drizzle of honey and some S&P all mixed up with the greens.


2 Danica

My all time fav dressings are homemade versions that include balsamic and fruit juices :D But, if I have to pick from a bottle ~ I LOVE Trader Joe’s Low Fat Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette and Cranberry Walnut Gorgonzola. Newman’s Light Lime is a 3rd fav…..Other than that, eh, it just depends.

Happy Friday!


3 Chez Us

Beautiful salad. I am all about balsamic. A little balsamic and good olive oil & you have a great salad!


4 RhodeyGirl



5 DailyChef

I really love a good buttermilk ranch dressing, but not always with salad – my favorite (unhealthy) treat is french fries and ranch!


6 Petra

Yummy! :)


7 Rhonda

I love to match my dressing to my salad, but if I had to pick just one dressing it would be blue cheese, creamy and fattening, which is why its a treat for me to have.


8 Angela

I lived in Italy, so now the ONLY dressing I like is olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a littttle bit of salt. (salt so the oil and vinegar will mingle better!)

Tastes so much better than any store bought, and a nice french bread can be used to soak up the leftover dressing. YUM!


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