Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Marion Blackberry Chia Salad Dressing

Today I was making a salad with a variety of greens, some of which are bitter in flavor than others. I used two varieties of leaf lettuce, arugula, spinach, and beet greens. I decided that I should have a dressing that was a bit sweeter than oil and vinegar to even out the flavor profile of the greens. I turned to a favorite, World of Chia Marion Blackberry Fruit Spread, to create a salad dressing that was the STAR of the meal.

Base Ingredients:
1 TBSP Marion Blackberry Fruit Spread (or flavor of your choice)
½ TBSP Unsalted Butter
¼ Cup Water
½ Cup Walnuts (or nut of your choice to add protein to the salad)
Enough Lettuce/Greens for the size salad you wish to make
1 Cup Small White Beans (or beans of your choice)

Add Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, or Pepitas for a garnish
Omit beans and add a lean protein atop the bed of greens
Add some vegetables (carrots, peppers, broccoli, or cauliflower) diced into small pieces to the salad topping
Add cabbage to the salad or use cabbage instead of lettuce/greens
Add some grated parmesan cheese to the top of the salad as it is served.

Instructions: (DRESSING for 2 Salads)
Place the Chia Fruit Spread, butter, nuts, and beans to a pan.
Cook on low heat
While the dressing is cooking, wash and drain the lettuce/greens and chop into small slices/pieced. Place in salad bowl(s)
Once the liquid has come close to evaporating, remove the pan from the heat and transfer the dressing to the top of the salad.

Serving Suggestion:
A small salad can accompany soup, sandwich, or a lean protein
A large salad could be a meal on its own.