Sunday, 31 March 2013

4 Fresh Salads For Spring

I love salads and I eat them almost every day for lunch. My family prefers to eat salads over cooked veggies, so I often make a salad to go with  dinner. I find the salads that we enjoy the most are the simple salads made with only a handful of ingredients, and a favourite dressing. I want to share with you 4 fresh salads for Spring that are new favourites at  our house!
We are so lucky because a few weeks ago, the kind people at Kraft sent us 4 NEW dressings to try on our salads, which we were very happy to do! The new salad dressings are called Kraft Pourables and they are made with real fruits and vegetables. They are so good, and we loved them all so much that I actually made 4 salads with them to show off their bold, fresh taste. Their dressings also have no artificial flavors & colors, are low in fat & salt, and are between 25-30 calories per serving.The first dressing we tried was Berry Balsamic on a Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad. The berry flavour was a perfect compliment to the strawberries, greens and goat cheese and I find that when making a salad with greens, you really want a nice bold tasting dressing to make the salad sing.
Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

Field greens, washed
Strawberries, washed and sliced
Goat cheese, crumbled
Cinnamon spiced pecans, {optional}{ I bought mine at the grocery store.}
Kraft Pourables Berry Balsamic Dressing

1. Place salad greens in a bowl. Add Kraft Pourables Berry Balsamic dressing and mix.
2. Add greens to a salad plate.
3. Sprinkle with sliced strawberries, crumbled goat cheese and pecans.
4. Serve immediately.
This salad was completely yummy!
The next salad I made was a Poached Egg on Asparagus Salad. Asparagus is one of my favorite spring vegetables and I especially love it steamed to a bright green color. The best thing about this salad is that I skipped the traditional rich hollandaise sauce and used the Kraft Pourable Garlic Parmesan with Roasted Cauliflower instead  so my salad wasn't  high in calories or fat.
Asparagus with Poached Egg Salad
Steamed asparagus
Poached egg
Kraft Pourable Garlic Parmesan with Roasted Cauliflower Dressing.
1. Add hot steamed asparagus to a plate.
2. Slide the poached egg gently on top of asparagus.
3. Add fresh ground pepper to poached egg, if desired.
4. Drizzle with Garlic Parmesan with Roasted Cauliflower Dressing.
This salad was SO good and made the perfect lunch. The taste of the garlic and the parmesan was a great kick to the asparagus and the egg. Delicious!

This  next salad was made at my daughter's request.  She absolutely adores avocados and eats them every day. She wanted a salad with avocado and grapefruit, so I made this just for her!

Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

Greens, washed
Diced avocado
Fresh grapefruit, sectioned
Kraft Pourable Roasted Yellow Pepper, Garlic and Lime Dressing

1. Add washed greens to a bowl. Mix with Roasted Yellow Pepper, Garlic & Lime Dressing.
2. Add salad greens to plate.
3. Sprinkle diced avocado and sectioned grapefruit.
4. Drizzle with more Roasted Yellow Pepper, Garlic & Lime Dressing, if desired.
I cannot tell you how wonderful this salad was! The Roasted Yellow Pepper, Garlic & Lime Dressing was the perfect partner for the grapefruit and avocado.
This plate of salad was gone in no time at all!
The last salad that we tried with the new Kraft Pourable Fire Roasted Tomato & Basil was this super simple cucumber & tomato salad, which is my husband's favourite salad and we eat this a few times a week.

Simple Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Sliced cucumber
Sliced tomoato
Diced red onion
Sliced green or black olived, optional
Salt & Pepper to taste
Kraft Pourables Fire Roasted Tomato with Basil

1. In bowl, mix together cucumber, tomato, red onion & olives.
2. Season with salt & pepper.
3. Plate on salad plates or bowls.
4. Drizzle with Kraft Fire Roasted Tomato with Basil dressing.
5. Serve.
This salad was my husband's favourite because he loves anything with a tasty tomato flavour, and this dressing delivered that bold flavour for him. My husband ate huge bowl of this salad with fish for dinner one night.
All of these salads served with the new Kraft Pourables were tasty and delicious!  I won't hesitate at all to add any of them to my grocery cart. In fact, these 4 NEW Kraft Pourables are the new popular dressings at my house and are more than half gone already. I love how they are made with real fruits & vegetables too!

{Disclosure: The products mentioned above have been given to me as part of a sponsored post through my ad network, SheBlogsMedia, for Kraft Canada. However, all opinions expressed are my own and the recipes have been developed by me to try with the new Kraft Pourables.}

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