Every now and again, I need a salad very quickly. Normally, I love making salad dressing (Three of my favorites are here, here and here), and I haven't purchased a bottle from the store in three or so years, but occasionally, I am in a hurry and don't have time for that. This has become a quick and easy favorite.
The dressing is three ingredients that you just drizzle over the top, and voila! Instant salad. It has way more sparkle than a pile of greens with some oil on top, and is completely and simply delicious. So next time you need a fast salad, look no further. This one is for you.
for a vegan option, leave out the feta or replace with a vegan cheese.
4 side salads
1 large bunch red leaf lettuce (spinach, or a lettuce mix would work, too)
1/4 cup feta
1/8 cup toasted pine nuts
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp maple syrup (use the real thing. It will make a huge difference!)
Place the lettuce at the bottom a large bowl. Top it will feta and pine nuts. Drizzle the vinegar, oil and maple syrup over the top and toss to lightly coat the lettuce. Add more vinegar, olive oil or maple syrup if to taste, if needed.