There is a cheese & wine shop near my work called Pastoral that sells sandwiches and salads during lunch. One salad in particular has stolen my heart, and I get it at least once a week. This weekend I found myself craving it and decided it was time to recreate this masterpiece at home. Because there was just no way I could wait until Monday.
Pastoral-esque “Health Nut” salad, serves 1
-about 2-3 cups mixed salad greens
-1 small tomato (these are not on the original salad – I added them)
-about 1/4 cup cucumber slices
-roasted spiced almonds (I picked up the rosemary Marcona almonds from Trader Joe’s, which are amazeballs)
-1/4 of an avocado
-about an ounce of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
-amazing red wine vinaigrette, which I came pretty close to replicating, see below
Top your salad greens with all ingredients and prepare to be addicted.
Now, there are a few corners you must not cut when assembling this salad:
1. No pre-shredded cheese. Do yourself a flavor (pun intended) and get some real Parmesan and shred it. All the diffs in the world, I promise.
2. No bottled salad dressings.
3. No plain almonds. It just wouldn’t be the same.
Pretty-close-to-amazing red wine viniagrette:
-1/4 cup red wine vinegar (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
-1/2 cup olive oil
-1 T dijon mustard
-1 t honey or sugar
-salt & pepper
Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor until combined.