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August 3, 2015

Summer Salad With Shaved Romano and Balsamic | In My Home

I really couldn’t come up with a better name for it, other than it’s one, if not my favorite dinner of all time. So much so, that I ate the whole thing before I got a final photo of it! Every time I make this salad, my husband will almost, without fail go, “this is so good!” It’s one of our nightly weekly dinners that we always look forward to!

In our home, we try to eat organic produce as much as possible. It’s so tough nowadays to purchase high quality produce, and when you do find it, it could blow the bank account! However, when my husband and I got married, we decided to treat eating with the mindset of “you pay now, or you pay later”. We decided to up our monthly food budget by even just $25 more than what we could live off, in order to jump from conventional to organic produce and there is such a difference in how it tastes AND the affects on our bodies!

So, eating not just organic produce, but raw, or just lightly cooked has been one of the BIGGEST and best things we’ve done! I can’t say enough the benefits from eating this way and how much better we feel! Feel like jumping on the wagon with us!? You won’t regret it! Scroll to the bottom for the recipe and variations I recommend :)


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Summer Salad with Shaved Romano + Balsamic (for two people)

4-5 cups organic greens (arugula, kale, spinach, etc.)

1 medium cucumber

1 small red onion

1/2 red bell pepper

1-2 cups cherry tomatoes

1 cup carrots, chopped

4 eggs, hard boiled

2 chicken breasts, cooked (any meat is great! Substitute chicken for steak, wild cod or salmon, or if you’re in a pinch, some organic deli turkey chopped!)

3 radishes, sliced thinly

2 Tbsp sunflower seeds (I’m a sucker for the rosemary + thyme sunflower seeds from Trader Joes! If you can’t get your hands on a bag of them, you can use raw ones, or make your own!)

2 Tbsp thinly shaved Pecorino Romano cheese

2 Tbsp fresh basil

For variations, I also add olives, pepperoncinis, sun dried tomatoes, avocado, almonds, fresh raspberries or blueberries, or sliced peaches.

There are no rules to how to make this salad! Usually I take two plates and lay down a bed of greens and top it with all the vegetables, then the chicken, sunflower seeds, cheese + basil, and drizzle with a homemade balsamic vinagrette!

For the dressing: (this will last through a few salads!)

1/2 cup olive oil

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (most grocery stores sell a balsamic glaze as well that works great! It’s essentially reduced balsamic vinegar so it’s sweeter, less acidic and thicker)

1 Tbsp dijon mustard

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Whisk vigorously till thoroughly combined!

There you have it! Enjoy!