I hope you've had a great weekend! It is cold and rainy here this afternoon, but despite the weather, this time of year I start craving all the lighter foods that come with warm, sunny days.
Recently I put together this salad and it has quickly become one of my favorites. At the time I had some lettuce and fresh strawberries and thought I would combine them together in a salad with a few other staples I had. What resulted was a light, fresh salad with just the right combination of sweet and tangy. Not to mention it's easy and quick to put together!
Lettuce (I like a spring mix,but you can use anything you prefer)
Strawberries, chopped or sliced
Parmesan cheese, grated
Chickpeas, freshly cooked or canned, drained
Since I'm usually home, I like to cook my beans from scratch. (You can always cook them ahead of time and freeze too.) I personally love chickpeas... they are full of fiber and protein and I love the texture they add. (Justus doesn't like them so much, but he feels compelled to eat them after Jillian lectures him on how healthy they are - ha!)
When I make a salad as the main course for a meal, I always add some chicken. Sometimes I marinade it and other times (when I'm either in a hurry or I was too lazy to marinade earlier) I simply rub in a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle it with freshly ground black pepper and sea salt.
Equal parts of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil with a grind of black pepper and some salt. Mix well. (I usually find that about 2 Tbsp of each is the right quantity for us but you can always refrigerate the leftovers or quickly make some more.)
Whenever I make this salad, Jillian always gets excited. I think there's just something about the strawberries that adds just enough sweetness to make it both refreshing and delicious. You can adjust the quantities to your own preferences, but I usually load ours with the strawberries and chickpeas.
Now I can just hardly wait until we have local strawberries to buy!
Warm, spring days are around the corner, I just know it (smile).