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Berry Balsamic Spinach & Arugula Salad

I had this amazing salad at the Platinum Hotel in Las Vegas once while dining at the restaurant there.  I'm sure the waiter was giving me strange looks, but I wouldn't have known since my face was buried in my plate and the only time I came up for air was to tell him that I had fallen in love with my lunch.  I actually don't remember much of what else was in the salad except that it had this incredible smoked salmon in it and was drizzled with a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette.  I still crave it to this day.

Thus was born this amazing salad which you could easily top with smoked salmon for extra protein or go without.

Berry Balsamic Spinach & Arugula Salad


1 - 5 oz. carton baby spinach & arugula mix
1 package smoked salmon, sliced (opt.)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup, about 4 sliced, fresh strawberries
1 pear, peeled and diced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 a red onion, sliced
Feta cheese, crumbled over top 

Toss everything together and top with:

Balsamic Reduction Vinaigrette 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1-2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil

Whisk vinegar and agave or honey together in a small sauce pan and bring to a bubble on medium low heat.  Let boil for 5-7 minutes or until its reduced down to a syrup.  Remove from heat and allow to cool for a minute before whisking in olive oil and drizzling over salad. It was so yummy I nearly ate the entire salad myself!

* Balsamic vinegar can provide great health benefits. Such as
Balsamic vinegar contains polyphenols, antioxidants that can protect the body from heart disease and cancer. The grapes that are used to make balsamic vinegar also contain antioxidants that fight against cell damage, improve the body's immune system and make blood platelets more flexible, thus preventing heart or circulation problems.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/87969-balsamic-vinegar-health-benefits/#ixzz1OMy5t5Qc
Just be sure to read the ingredients to be sure your getting pure balsamic vinegar. Some brands add corn syrups and sugars.

* So apparently back in ancient Rome they really liked arugula because it was a natural aphrodisiac.  Good to know.  Along with that it is a super food, which basically are foods that are high in powerful nutrients.

Arugula is a very effective stimulant, it gives power and energy, and can stop cough. Vitamins P and K in this plant are reported to have positive effects on liver function. http://guide2herbalremedies.com/health-benefits-of-arugula/

 

Enjoy!

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Melissa Moore has spent years researching and implementing nutritionally-based approaches to health and wellness. Her lifelong love of food and health evolved from a hobby to a passion when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease.

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