Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

I spend quite a lot of time on this blog.  I plan out the recipes I want to share, what ingredients I want to use, how I want to write about them, how I want the finished product to look in the photos, etc.

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I take the time to think about what might be good to share with you all — what would be interesting and enticing.

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I have lists — lots of lists.  Some lists have different recipes I’ve tried over the years and on which I want to make changes to improve before sharing them.  Some lists are ideas I’ve never tried, but would like to some day.  And some lists are recipes I know I want to share but I need to get around to making them and actually taking pictures.

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

And then there are the recipes I make — without even really thinking about them — on a regular basis at home for my family.  Recipes without written recipes. Like this Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This is my go-to salad.  In fact, it’s so much my go-to salad, I neglected to realize I can even share it with you all because of how “normal” it is in our home.

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Now, “normal” in this sense by no meals ordinary.  This is an awesome salad.  It makes a great side salad or even a main course if you want to add some protein like grilled chicken or steak to it.  By “normal,” I simply mean it’s my dependable, easy and, well, go-to choice. Um, isn’t that what this blog is all about?

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Having said all that, I’d like to share with you this lovely salad recipe with a very basic, but tasty, balsamic vinaigrette.  This is the salad and salad dressing I use in a pinch that never seems to fail me.  It’s a comfort thing…it’s always there and it’s always good.  My kinda recipe.

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

And, now, it’s yours to use as well.

Watch me make the super tasty and easy balsamic vinaigrette for this salad:

Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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This simple side salad is a great addition to any meal and is super delicious.
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Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup good quality balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup good quality olive oil
  • 2 cups mixed baby greens (or spring mix)
  • 1 tomato, cut into eights
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ red onion, very thinly sliced
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • handful croutons
  • optional: sliced grapes, sliced mushrooms, sliced avocado, sliced green onions
Instructions
  1. For the dressing, pour balsamic vinegar in a small mixing bowl and black pepper. Stir to combine. While whisking the mixture, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Mix very well. Set aside.
  2. Add the mixed baby greens, tomato, feta, red onion and half of the croutons, to a medium-to-large mixing bowl. Add 2-3 tbsp. Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing to the salad and toss. Add remaining croutons and any additional dressing to suit your preferences and toss again. The ingredients should all be lightly coated with the dressing but not drenched. Serve immediately.

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

8 comments… add one

  1. NanaBread March 7, 2011, 8:13 am

    Is it wrong to want this for breakfast? I’m reading this at 8:12am, and I would totally sit down and eat a big bowl of it right now. I love simple, flavor-packed salads, and this one is a keeper. Thanks for sharing it, Lacey.

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  2. Tara March 7, 2011, 8:27 am

    Balsamic vinaigrette is my favourite!!

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  3. Fiona March 10, 2011, 2:23 am

    I have just read…or at least skimmed you entire blog.
    My homework is no closer to being done,
    and I think I was reading it at a strange angle, because my eyes feel weird now…
    So worth it! Can’t wait to try out some of your recipes!
    Especially the Watermelon Sorbet!
    Can’t wait to read more!

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  4. Krysta Perkins July 26, 2011, 1:34 am

    Definately trying this ASAP. I love Balsamic Vinaigrette so much. It is absolutely my go-to salad as well. I’m craving this salad along with your Chicken Caeser. Both of these are the only salads I can get my husband to eat. These will be perfect for healthier dinners at our house!

    Thanks so much!

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