Quick Trader Joe's Summer Salad

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am always on my stories sharing recipe ideas, tips and tricks in the kitchen and something I am trying to share a bit more of is my personal life! In case you didn't know, I am 100% first generation Persian. Both of my parents were born and raised in Tehran, Iran. I was born in the US in 1991, and my parents taught my Farsi as my first language. I actually didn't learn English until I was in preschool. With that said, at 29 years old I am still fluent in Farsi.





I wanted to share my go-to quick summer salad with y'all. All of the ingredients are from Trader Joe's, but they can also be found anywhere if you're not near a Trader Joe's. It is sweet from the fruit, savory from the feta and crunchy with the nuts and seeds. It is my favorite salad, especially in the summer and the homemade dressing is perfect on any sort of salad, rice or fish!


Check out the step by step walk through on my stories (MOSTLY IN FARSI), and the recipe is also below! Hope you guys like this one!




Trader Joe's Summer Salad


Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6 people


INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups spring mix

  • 4 cups arugula

  • 1 cup red grapes, chopped

  • 1 cup apple, chopped

  • 3/4 cup feta cheese

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted

  • 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted & chopped

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cherries


Balsamic Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup spicy dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.

  2. Add all of the ingredients of the dressing into a mason jar, small blender or bowl. Shake, blend or whisk well until its all blended together. Toss the salad with the homemade balsamic dijon vinaigrette. Serve immediately.


TIPS

  • To toast the nuts and seeds, just place them on a non-stick pan for about 5 minutes on medium heat to warm. Stir a few times to keep from burning.


SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Use any greens for the spring mix and arugula. This is also really good with romaine or butter lettuce.

  • Try green grapes instead of red.

  • Try green apples instead of red.

  • Try gorgonzola cheese or blue cheese instead of feta.

  • Any nuts and seeds would work in place of the pumpkin and walnuts. I love sliced almonds, pecans and sunflower seeds as well.

  • Try dried cranberries instead of the dried cherries.


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