After this weekend, get your bug spray ready, have your sunscreen handy (if the Minnesota sunlight gets strong enough to need it anytime soon…), and bring your white pants out of hiding – it’s officially SUMMER! Besides the cabin, spending more time with friends, and the weather, one of my favorite things about this season is the food. Surprise, surprise, right?
Like I mentioned in my previous blog post about upgrading your salads, my favorite ingredient combo is fruit with goat or feta cheese for a sweet and salty flavor. Inspired by this taste and my mom’s request for a “salad without a lot of vegetables” for family dinner, I created this cross between a fruit salad and a regular salad. It was super easy to make and totally family-approved, even from my veggie-avoiding family members 😉 And the name, you ask? This salad is crunchy, includes berries, and tastes (dare I say?) even BETTER than Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries.
Note: I used the Sweet Kale Salad Kit from Costco as the base of this salad, and it comes with dried cranberries, roasted pumpkin seeds, and poppyseed vinaigrette. If you’re not a Costco member or have trouble finding it, feel free to make your own base using kale, shaved brussels sprouts, and broccoli microgreens! You can buy the dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and dressing separately if you want them, or omit if you choose.
What you’ll need:
1 bag Costco Sweet Kale Salad Kit (includes dried cranberries, roasted pumpkin seeds, and poppyseed dressing)
1 small diced mango
1 cup diced strawberries
½ cup blueberries
½ cup chopped raw almonds (I used a slap chopper for this, but you could hand cut them or buy them pre-sliced/chopped)
½ cup crumbled goat cheese
Pour the salad kit, minus the dressing, into a large bowl and chop with salad shears or a mini Mezzaluna if you have one. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together, but wait to dress the salad until you’re ready to serve it! Top with additional goat cheese if you wish 🙂
Simple as that! The kale base is awesome because the leftovers don’t get soggy, even after the dressing sits on it for a day or two. I haven’t made this yet with a homemade dressing, but I’m hoping to try it with one of these recipes from Abbey’s Kitchen. If you make this salad, I’d love to see a picture and hear what you think!