For as long as I can remember, I have always loved eating at quaint cafes, coffee shops, and other locally-owned diners.  A few years ago, there was a cafe (that has sadly since closed) that served a sweet-tangy salad that I thoroughly enjoyed.  While I do not recall everything that they included in the salad, below is how I prepare it at home. 

Ingredients:
Please note: I do not measure the ingredients, but instead just add enough of everything to look pretty and taste great! 

  • Salad greens of your choosing (I like to combine spinach and whatever lettuce I have on hand), washed, dried, and stems trimmed
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Mandarin oranges, drained
  • Toasted almonds, sliced, slivered, or whole
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Croutons
  • Vinaigrette of your choosing (I like to use balsamic or a fruit-inspired one)
  • Optional: sliced grilled chicken (YUM!)

Directions
Fill bowl with salad greens and top as desired with the fruits, almonds, blue cheese, and dressing.  Voila!

Sensational Springtime Salad
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