Whenever I'm on the road for more than a couple of days, it always feels extra great to be back home sleeping in my own bed and cooking my own food. As much as I enjoy eating out, I truly love to cook and always miss my kitchen!
This time was no exception, so last night for dinner I prepared a yummy shrimp stir fry (quick and healthy) and today I decided to have a salad for lunch. Too many meals out usually equals too many unnecessary calories, so I was craving something light and healthy.
|If that isn't beautiful I don't know what is!|
Enter my fine friends over at O Olive Oil.. as you probably know I'm a HUGE fan of their artisan vinegars and citrus olive oils. Well, recently they kindly offered to send me a sampling to try and the only problem I'm having is that I love every single one and can't decide which one to use next. Good problem to have, I know.
Honestly, some of their vinegars are so good I could literally drink them straight from the bottle. In fact, there are at least a couple that they recommend you could use in cocktails. I'll certainly be giving those a try.
Meanwhile, back to the simple salad with the sensational dressing.. no measuring needed, just choose your ingredients, drizzle and toss.
Simple Salad with Sensational Oil and Vinegar Dressing
Marcona almonds (or regular almonds)
apple chips, lightly crushed (or fresh apple or pear, thinly sliced)
Place the mixed greens, cranberries, almonds and apple chips in a bowl. Drizzle O Honey Apple Vinegar and O Clementine Olive Oil atop, toss, and serve. You could add goat cheese and/or chicken for a more substantial one dish meal.
If you only wanted to try one of these - either the vinegar or the oil - I'd go with the vinegar in this case. You could certainly get by using regular olive oil, but the Clementine does add a layer of citrus infusion.
The O Honey Apple Vinegar is just like you might imagine - a smooth and silky apple cider-type vinegar with a hint of sweetness from the honey. The O Clementine Olive Oil has just a hint of mandarin orange infused in the delicious olivey oil. You can find a smattering of O Olive Oil products at various markets, like Whole Foods, Bristol Farms and Gelson's. You can also order online direct from O Olive Oil or from any of the multitude of online stores offering deals.
|These are the apple chips I used and they were amazing! I got them from Whole Foods Market|
and they're made by Good Health Natural Foods