Smoked Salmon & Roasted Zucchini Salad with Balsamic Thyme Vinaigrette

What does everyone think of the new blog design?!?! I love love love it and want to thank Michelle Chu of Michelle Chu Photography for making my humble blog look like a million bucks. Thank you! I’m a planner by nature so I usually plan out what recipes I’m going to post for the week. I even keep a running list of ideas on my phone and iPad to ensure that I have something to work with when I get recipe development blocks.  There is tasty stuff on that list – and we will get to it. Eventually.

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But before that, you need to make this salad. Yes, salad.  Even though I eat salad like it’s going out of style, I rarely construct a salad in the same way that I construct other dishes.  For me, salad is a throw-whatever-is-in-the-fridge into a bowl and hope for the best sort of deal, so the thought of posting about a salad  (minus this one) has never crossed my mind.

 

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I made this salad for lunch yesterday out of desperation – there was absolutely nothing that we had on hand that I felt like eating.  I took my usual approach and threw some things into a bowl and didn’t give it a second thought…until I tasted it.  It was definitely one of the best salads I’ve made in awhile and please believe that I immediately made another one to have for lunch tomorrow.  It's simply, healthy, and light but also incredibly filling and  not at all boring. It's topped with the easiest balsamic thyme vinaigrette that simply involves adding ingredients to a jar and shaking vigorously.  In this instance, I suppose  necessity really is the mother of invention. And a delicious invention at that.

 

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Spinach Salmon and Roasted Zucchini Salad

Yields: 1 entrée sized salad

 

2 handfuls of spinach

1 oz. smoked salmon

1 oz. fresh goat cheese

2 Tbsp. shelled pistachios

½ cup cooled roasted zucchini (to roast: toss zucchini with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast at 450F until just barely beginning to brown)

 

1.  Assemble all ingredients together and toss with balsamic vinaigrette.

 

Easy Balsamic Thyme Vinaigrette

1 Tbsp. good quality balsamic vinegar

1 ½ Tbsp olive oil

½ tsp dried thyme

salt + pepper

 

1. Add all ingredients to a small mason jar. Tightly seal and shake. Done!