Cranberry Walnut Spinach Salad

Today was a very busy day for me. I had a presentation I needed to prepare for and I did not have time to really cook anything. I put a couple nice sized potatoes in the oven to make baked potatoes and loaded them up with broccoli and Parmesan cheese. I had some baby spinach and decided to make a simple salad. I enjoy these types of salads. The salad had great flavor, dressed nicely with a simple balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It was an excellent meal choice for such a busy day. Perfect dinner for 2 people. Enjoy!

Cranberry Walnut Spinach Salad
Created on 11/13/2012

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1 (10 oz) bag of organic baby spinach, washed and spun dry with salad spinner
½ cup of cran-raisins
½ cup of toasted walnuts
¼ cup of toasted pumpkin seeds

2 teaspoons of raw honey
¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
1/8 cup of olive oil
Salt and Pepper
1 garlic clove minced well

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a stoneware or cookie tray, spread walnuts and pumpkin seeds evenly and bake for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the nuts/seeds from the oven and let cool. In a glass bowl, mix the raw honey, vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic with a wire whisk. Season the vinaigrette dressing lightly with salt and pepper. Add the washed spinach, cran-raisins, and walnuts/pumpkin seeds and toss well.




Fresh Summer Tomato Dressing

This dressing is amazing! I found this recipe out of my Multiple Sclerosis cookbook one day and I thought I would try to make this because I love French Dressing on  my cottage cheese but the store-bought French dressing has a lot of sugar in it. I could not believe how wonderful it tasted on my salad especially after the color the dressing came out. The color was not red like I expected. I was really skeptical! The freshness of the tomatoes with the tartness of the balsamic vinegar – um! it was perfect for me. What is so great about this recipe you can use different herbs instead of using fresh basil, use tarragon parsley or chives. Add more tomatoes if you want for that fresh intense tomato flavor. Enjoy!

Fresh Summer Tomato Dressing
Created on 09/13/2008

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1 small ripe tomato, quartered (add more tomatoes if you want)
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 to 1/2 cup basil leaves or other fresh herb
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

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Recipe was taken from the “The MS Recovery Diet” book


Avocado Cilantro Dressing

I made this dressing today for my September 13th support group meeting. WOW!!! I absolutely love the creaminess of the avocado dressing with the salad I had and even tested the dressing with raw veggies and rice crackers. The combinations are just delicious. Enjoy!

Avocado Cilantro Dressing
Created on 09/13/08

1/2 cup peeled, pitted avocado
1/2 cup flax or hemp seed oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, or apple cider vinegar with 1 packet of Stevia, to taste
1/2 cup fresh cilantro or parsley leaves
1 clove garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe was taken from
“The MS Recovery Diet” book


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