Friday, March 9, 2012

Fruit Salad n Roasted Walnuts with Lemony Honey Vinaigrette

Eating lunch at 12 p.m. is not my standard when my daily breakfast typically starts off with coffee and sometimes hard-broiled eggs or a piece of toasted whole wheat waffle, and then having fruit or yogurt for 11 a.m. snack.  And when I get home from work at 2:30 p.m., I will end up feeling a little bit hungry and find myself looking for something to munch on.  

So, I toss together this healthy salad of fresh strawberries, green apple, pineapple, and toasted walnut, which provide a rich source of the omega-3, with homemade lemony honey vinaigrette in a snap for a quick late lunch that could also be chilled and served at dinner time.   The quick lemon dressing with a hint of honey helps bring out the natural sweetness of the fresh fruit that you will love to make it more often for family and friends at the gathering, especially in the summer. 
 It’s healthy; it’s delicious!  Yummmmm…..

For the vinaigrette:

1 tbsp minced shallot

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice and zest
1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp honey
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp ground cumin
Pinch of salt and pepper
½ cup toasted walnuts

Fruit – cut into small pieces of strawberry, green apple and pineapple and other fresh fruit like kiwi, blueberries, cantaloupe, or melon.

Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing and toss in a bowl of cut fruit, add toasted walnuts and sprinkle with a pinch of chopped parsley.

*if you have raw walnuts, toast them in the oven at 350’ F for 8-10 minutes until they turn golden and fragrant.

**chopped parsley - optional

Stay healthy my friends! 


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