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Vegetables and fruits are the foundation of the Mediterranean Diet. Salads are a great way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet. During the Winter, fruits and vegetables can be limited, but that doesn't mean that your salad has to be boring. Add fruit and other ingredients such as nuts, cheese, and dressing for a flavorful meal. Try this recipe for Apple Pecan Salad to get you started.
Add a variety of ingredients to make your salads more interesting. For this Apple Pecan Salad, I included grapes, celery, and feta cheese.
I toast the pecans in the microwave. Simply place pecans on a plate in a single layer. Spread evenly. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Shift the pecans, spread out and repeat. I do this 4 or 5 times until the pecans smell toasted. I put the plate in the freezer for a few minutes to make them at least room temperature.
Raspberry Balsamic Vinegarette
To add a twist to this fruit-filled vegetable salad, I made a Raspberry Vinegarette with a raspberry balsamic vinegar. This balsamic vinegar gives the final dressing a hint of raspberry and suits the fruit included in this salad. Including extra virgin olive oil and other spices help punch up the flavor.
Don't have Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar? Try my Mediterranean Salad Dressing recipe.
This is a perfect salad to include on the Mediterranean Diet. Include as a side salad along with fish or chicken and vegetables or as a meal by including chopped chicken.