So Fresh Salad. Apple, Cucumber, Spinach and wallnuts!

It’s been so hot in Paris lately, mmm maybe not hot, “heavy” or “lourd” as we say in French. I was so not in the mood of cooking or baking something that will take me long, and to cook for myself wasn’t very encouraging either.
As I told you, my husband left to Strasbourg on tuesday, so I’ve being here all by myself trying to not get bored. Good thing he is coming back tonight 🙂 yeii !

So long story short, I decided to do a salad.. but no a regular salad, I wanted something fresh, sweet and crunchy, something to refresh and feel summery.

I checked my fridge and bingo! a cucumber was saying hello, then an apple and the delicious spinach. What else I could ask for? well, I wanted to keep it simple but refine, so grabbed some wallnuts, Modena balsamic vinegar and 100% natural homemade honey from my in laws farm in Cantal. I was singing all excited cause those ingredients got me inspired.

For the So Fresh Salad you will need:
(Portion for 2)

  • Half cucumber (cut in dice)
  • 1 apple (I chose red one for the sweetness)
  • a bunch of walnuts
  • Spinach (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp Moden Balsamic Vinegar (or the one of ur preference)
  • Honey
  • salt & pepper
  • olive Oil

Cut in dices the cucumber and the apple. Clean and slice the spinach with your hands. Chop the wallnuts in 4 pieces (be generous).
In a bowl add some olive oil (1 tbsp for me), the tablespoon of Modena balsamic vinegar and the spinach, Mix until well coated. Season with salt and pepper.
I do not add the apples and cucumber to the bowl cause I don’t like when they get soak in vinegar. Add them before to serve so they look fresh and clean.

Serve the spinach in a plate. add some cucumber and apple dice. Add some wallnuts a. With half teaspoon full of honey, season your salad and enjoy!

You can do this in no time. My favorite thing of this salad is the texture, the crunchy nuts and apple are a plus, and the good vinegar and honey makes the salad well refine. Definitely one of my new favorites ❤

Hoping you feel as refresh as me,

Bon appétit!

Love,

Sara

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Country Salad….Time for fresh air!

Sometimes, living in the city can be exhausting, and don’t get me wrong, Paris is a wonderful city, but is so fast, hectic and cosmopolitan that some days I’m just tired.

Those are the moments I say: Hon, pack up cause we’re going to the country side! in this case Bretagne, a magical place full of Celtic stories, fisherman, great food, the sea and my favorite salted caramel (caramel au beurre salĂ©).

Oh yes, the Bretagne is a breath of fresh air, believe me when I say that it can cure all our worries and recharge our batteries. The unexpected weather and the beautiful landscapes makes of every corner a place to dream of and personally for me to get some cooking inspiration.

So to keep the story short, I grabbed my basket and headed to the local fresh market. Every product is freshl bio and most of all, they are sold by their own producers , so you see how they cherish their products. (My favorite is the egg lady, I always bring my egg basket and she offers me 1 or 2 more eggs cause in that way we don’t waist carton… We are eco-friendly)

Country Salad or Salade Campagnarde

You will need:

  • Fresh letuce
  • fresh tomatoes
  • corn
  • fresh champignons
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 chicken breast

Clean up you lettuce, cut ur tomatoes in generous parts, slice you champignons and add some corn. Mix all up.

Boil the 2 eggs for 5 minutes. When they’re hard, remove the shell and cut them in quarters. add it to the salad.

Grill the chicken breast, add salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes and be sure ur chicken breast is juicy.

Slice the chicken and place it in top of the salad. I always like to mix the vegetables, and put the chicken at the end in every plate, this way it looks better and everyone have the same amount on chicken :D!

For the dressing, keep it simple: 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, and 2 tbsp of olive oil, some peper and you are ready to go.

Bon appétit

Enjoy