I loved that this salad was super simple. It used mixed young salad greens. I just got a box of the organic spring mix at costco and wha-la, my lettuce was prepped for me. Super easy. I did have to slice strawberries and grapes, but I sliced them out of the colander where they were rinsed right into the salad. The sauce whipped up super simple as well - I just loved that I wasn't dicing a ton of veggies, and clean up was a breeze. 1 pot from the pasta, a paring knife, whisk and a bowl. Can't beat that.
This salad did turn out summery and light. I thought it was a nice change from our normal green salad. The noodles added a fun texture and the dual fruits added nice sweetness.
Here's my version - I did make more than the original - probably wouldn't do that again. (so only use 3 handfuls of greens, 2 cups cooked pasta, 1 cup each of the fruits) When I did it, I was thinking it would be our only dinner, but the calories were pretty low on it so I added "cheese melted" (at least that's what we called them at my house when we were little - open faced grilled cheese sandwiches if you want to be technical. ;) I do have to mention that I am writing the increased amount of dressing I made. I didn't use it all on the salad thinking kids may or may not like it.
- 4 handfuls mixed young salad greens
- 3 cups ditalini pasta, cooked and cooled
- 1 1/2 cup thinly sliced strawberries (I used about 1/2 a lb)
- 1 1/2 cups grapes, cut in half
- 3 Tablespoons plain yogurt (I used Greek)
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons honey or to taste
- Toss the greens with the shells, strawberries, and grapes and set aside.
- Whisk together the yogurt, vinegar, and honey and toss with the salad ingredients.
One additional note - I actually used 5 tablespoons yogurt and 3 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and honey but I didn't end up pouring it all on the salad. Rather than be wasteful, I just wrote what was in the original recipe because that amount would probably have been fine for the amount of salad we had. - at least at my house.