Isn’t Summer so great?  I love the longer days, the chance to celebrate our fantastic country and all of the fresh produce that is in abundance!  One of my favourite things to do is to go strawberry picking with my boys and then eat the fruits of our labour.  We ate a lot of strawberries this weekend!

On Friday, I had the opportunity to share a recipe on a local radio station, 98.5 CKWR and I wanted to make sure that all my blog readers had a chance to try it too!  It is a super summery salad filled with all kinds of goodness.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Summery Salad

Greens & Yummy Bits:

1 head of local romaine lettuce

2 big handfuls of local baby spinach

1 c. chopped apple with skin left on

1 c. blueberries

1/2 c. toasted sliced almonds

1/4 c. toasted pumpkin seeds

Dressing:

1/2 c. olive oil

1/3 c. white wine vinegar

1 clove of garlic, minced

2 tbsp. Elmira maple syrup

2 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped

1 tbsp. curry powder

1 tsp. soya sauce or tamari sauce for a gluten free option

Toss almonds & seeds in a little grapeseed oil and sea salt.  Toast in oven for a few minutes at 250 F, being careful to stir frequently and not burn.  This should only take a few minutes.  Allow mixture to cool.

Meanwhile, add ingredients for dressing into a glass jar and give a shake.  You can make this the night before if you wish.  Allow it to sit in the fridge for at least an hour before using to let the flavours blend.

Now prepare the greens & yummy bits in a large salad bowl.  Just before serving add as much dressing as you wish.  If you don’t use it all, you will have some for tomorrow!

Enjoy!