For those of you who don’t know me, I am one of the world’s worst vegetable eaters – small children and I have the same appreciation for them, i.e. none. That being said, I am not a small child, and being a 29-year-old woman, I figured it was high time I started working on finding out which vegetables I do indeed enjoy, and then cooking them in fun ways so that I would actually eat them.
Thus, the Summer Spinach and Berry Salad with Lemon Chia Vinaigrette from Kitschen Cat that I found on Pinterest.
The big thing that drew me to this recipe immediately was a) the amazing photos of the salad, and b) how different and not boring it was. I was looking for something new and interesting to awaken my taste buds to the joy of vegetables and I found it.
1 bunch fresh spinach
1 large avocado
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice (side note: I found it super lemony so I might just do 1 tbs next time)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Wash your spinach and put it in a bowl. Next chop up your avocado. Then thinly slice your 4 strawberries. Put your chopped avocado, sliced strawberries, blueberries and pecans into the spinach bowl.
Take a new bowl and pour in your melted coconut oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, chia seeds and lemon zest. Whisk until all of the ingredients are mixed together.
Pour the dressing over the salad and you’re good to go!
I put the salad into two separate tuperware containers and Doug and I took them for a picnic lunch down by the lake. It was perfect for a hot summer day.