Spring Salad

Ahh! Spring! Such a  lovely time of year. The birds are singing like mad, every tree and blade of grass is an impossible shade of green – it’s so amazing. What’s not so amazing is the lack of quality and general lack of produce at the grocery stores. The Fall produce is coming to an end and we don’t have much local produce available. Add to that late Spring frosts in Florida and California and it’s slim pickins’ at the store. What to do? Well, luckily for me, I have ready access to a Family member’s lettuce garden which really needs thinning at this time of the year. Time to raid the pantry and fridge to make a delicious salad.  To the baby lettuce leaves I added some pear and avocado slices, toasted walnuts, dried tart cherries and creamy delicious brie cheese. A simple dressing with a hint of sweetness from maple syrup brings out the flavours and makes this salad sing like the birds!

Spring Salad


3 – 4 cups lettuce thinnings, or store bought spring mix salad

1/2 bosc pear, thinly sliced

1/2 avocado, sliced

1/4 cup walnuts, toasted 2 minutes in the microwave

2 oz. brie cheese, cut into chunks

2 Tablespoons dried tart cherries


2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

scant 1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey or agave)

freshly ground pepper to taste

wash the baby lettuce leaves very well in at least 3 changes of water


arrange in a presentation dish



toast walnuts in the microwave for 2 minutes



add avocado slices. Yes! I do use my avocado slicer every day!



add the toasted walnuts, sliced pears, brie cheese chunks and dried tart cherries



For the dressing you will need olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, dijon mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper



To 2 tablespoons olive oil add a scant 1/4 teaspoon of salt (which means just less than that)



and 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard



add 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar



1/2 teaspoon lemon juice



and 1/4 teaspoon maple syrup




mix well with a fork until emulsified



and drizzle evenly over the salad



and enjoy! This salad is so yummy!



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