MunchKin’s Favorite Salad

-Iceberg Lettuce or your favorite lettuce blend
-Pistachio nuts, lightly toasted
-Solerno’s Winey Goat (awesome flavor if you can get it) or any semi-hard cheese you desire, shredded
-Croutons* ( I toss french bread cubes w/some shredded cold butter and toast (or microwave) until golden brown, turning often)
*Toasted Polenta cubes are also delicious if you’re trying to eliminate gluten from your diet)

Lightly toss all these salad goodies together and then drizzle with the following balsamic dressing recipe:

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
3 Tbs. aged balsamic vinegar
(believe it or not Publix brand
balsamic vinegar is decent)
1 Tbs. Maille coarse mustard
1 Tbs. Honey, or more if you like
a sweeter vinaigrette
5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
Maple syrup, to taste

In a small bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, honey & mustard and whisk to blend. Add the oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth and blended.
If desired, add a touch of maple syrup for a more complex & delicious flavor.
Makes about 2/3 cup.

Note: if you cook this vinaigrette on low it makes a great balsamic glaze. Just cook until it reaches your desired thickness. Excellent over Caprese-style bruschetta.
(Ciabiatta toast topped with a slice of fresh mozzarella, slice of Campari or Plum tomato, topped with a single fresh basil leaf and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

3 thoughts on “MunchKin’s Favorite Salad

    1. I’m trusting you.. Next trip to Wegmans
      (Maybe tomorrow night if I can make the time), I’ll pick some up..

      I can’t help but laugh at the name..

      I know it’s Winey but I can’t get the image of an annoying goat whining, out of my mind.. 😂


  1. I was wondering if it could be simmered to make a glaze.. Then got to the end of the post and found my answer 😄
    Never have tried pistachios in a salad and am surprised I haven’t yet.. I’ll try it in your salad.. But everytime I’ve tried a goat cheese, I just don’t like it.. I’ll have to try another soft cheese..


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