Spring Greens with Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

The best recipes never get old, no matter how often made or re-made.  And, like people, these dishes have a tendency to mature and grow, occasionally giving birth to offspring even better than the parent.  Today’s recipe is certain to become a favorite of yours as it has become mine, and may very well yield variations on the theme.  As written, it’s a simple salt-free salad worth its weight in gold.  Tender spring greens accented with sliced strawberries & mandarin oranges and drizzled with a dressing so lively you might just lick the plate after. Adapted from Andrea Chesman’s Recipes from the Root Cellar.

Yields 4 servings. 

SODIUM CONTENT: 45 mg per serving


1 shallot, minced
2 T. white balsamic vinegar
1 t. maple syrup
3 T. olive oil
freshly ground black pepper to taste

1- 10 oz. pkg. spring mix lettuce
1 c. fresh sliced strawberries
1- 10.5 oz. can mandarin oranges, in juice, drained


Combine the shallot, vinegar and maple syrup in a small bowl. Whisk in the oil until blended. Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Plate the mixed greens, top with the fruit and drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

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6 Responses to Spring Greens with Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

  1. Shambo says:

    I love maple syrup in salad dressing. This sounds really good. Have a great weekend!

  2. Christy says:

    Just had it for lunch (and seconds, too) – the dressing is delish!

    Happy Weekend to you, too!!

  3. This looks so bright and cheerful!
    And crisp and salady!
    Annabelle and I have been on a bit of a salad kick, lately. Which is a very good thing, especially considering how many Big Mac’s I normally put away per week. 🙂

  4. Christy says:

    Inky, how you manage such magnificent artwork on a belly full of McD’s is beyond me.. The last quarter pounder I ate left me aching.. (good thing I can’t indulge anymore!)

    Glad to hear you & Annabelle are getting some greens — soon summer will be here & it’ll be too hot to want fast food anyway! 🙂

  5. Strawberries make everything better! And syrup (or “syrp”, as we say in my office) makes strawberries better!

  6. Christy says:

    I used to HATE strawberries. Lately though i find myself not just eating & enjoying but actually craving them. Saturday I concocted a recipe for strawberry pancakes topped with syrupy sliced strawberries, and they were SO HONKING GOOD. I think I may have to put that one in the book.

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