Best. Salad. Ever. Ever. Ever.

Hi guys,

I’ve got an awesome salad recipe for you that is so versatile, and so incredibly delicious, that it will now be your go-to salad recipe. For serious, everyone I’ve ever made this salad for loves it and asks me for the recipe. It’s really all about the dressing – the mix-ins can be changed up with whatever you’ve got in your fridge/pantry.

I actually put this up a few years ago on allrecipes.com, and as you can see here, only 5-star reviews thankyouverymuch. I originally used romaine for this salad, but nowadays I like to use baby arugula or spinach. You can also use whatever fruit you have at home or what’s in season (I’ve used strawberries, blueberries, sliced pears, peaches, and raspberries with delicious results). The only thing I’m begging you not to substitute is the pure maple syrup. NOT Aunt Jamima, NOT pancake syrup, but real maple syrup. Please. For the love of all that is good and pure , use the real stuff, it makes such a difference. Alright, here’s the recipe:

Fruity Cheesy Maple Salad

3 cups torn romaine lettuce, arugula, or spinach
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup walnut or pecan pieces
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar, or to taste
1/4 cup pure maple syrup, or to taste
1/4 cup grapeseed oil, or to taste
salt, to taste

Toss the lettuce, blueberries, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, walnut pieces, feta cheese, and goat cheese in a large bowl. Pour the vinegar, syrup, and grapeseed oil over the salad one at a time; toss until evenly coated. You can also prepare the salad dressing separately and save any extra for later. Season with salt.

Serve with anything and everything. Enjoy!

-Monica

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