At the risk of this sounding like a first world problem, I am in the midst of a bit of a crisis; my oven is out of commission. Cuts me to the quick, I tell ya. So while I await my knight in shining armor, also known as the repair man, my weekly baking and roasting forays have to take a break.The other night I decided to squeeze out the last little bit of summer with a dinner salad, and I couldn’t resist hitting up one of my favorite sources for the ingredients, Trader Joe’s. They’ve always got a great variety of fresh ingredients for salads, both whole and pre-packaged. And as we all know, the price is right on pretty much all of their products. The salad was so easy to put together (and so tasty!) that I thought I’d share.
For those who are curious, let me say this is not a sponsored post. Trader Joe’s has no clue who I am. I just happen to be a big fan of their ability to provide quick, easy and delicious meal ideas for a great price. That pretty much ticks all the boxes on my list, and this visit was no different. I particularly enjoy their bagged fresh greens and salad mixes they have, and when I stumbled upon the Cruciferous Crunch Collection, I was sold. Everything in the package is a favorite of mine; kale, broccoli, cabbages and of course Brussels sprouts (cue the romantic music and lighting.) It’s a great way to get a bunch of healthy greens at once, and at $2.29 for a oz. bag, you pretty much can’t go wrong.
Of course even the best things can be improved, so I thought I’d jazz things up a bit with some items that I always enjoy in a salad, that are also good for me. Enter TJ’s Dried Cranberries ($1.49 for 8oz.), to add a little zip and some varied texture. Plus, I can hang onto these babies for all my upcoming fall baking. Did I mention my oven isn’t working (sigh)? Next up, I grabbed some Candied Pecans – super tasty, pretty darn good for you, and $3.99 for a 5oz. bag, which in today’s market is quite the value for flavored nuts. And again, there is the save-it-for-future-baking factor. That is, if I don’t just sit down and eat them straight out of the bag!
As for dressing, I decided to leave that up to the individual. I happened to have a red pepper vinaigrette left in the fridge so I used that. May sound like a bit of an odd combo, but the zip of the vin paired really well with the sweetness of the nuts and cranberries. Seriously, I feel like this salad (especially the cruciferous mix) would go well with just about any dressing. And because it’s not a salad without cheese, I just had to throw in the Trader Joe’s Crumbled Goat Cheese ($2.49 for 4oz.). Yep, I couldn’t even be bothered to crumble regular goat cheese myself. Judge me as you will. But I tell ya, it’s like a one way ticket to Creamy Delicious Town. And who wants to leave there?
With a couple of slices of lightly toasted ciabatta, brushed with a touch of olive oil, this salad was all kinds of tasty, and satisfying to boot. Anytime you can get a meal that’s so delectable and good for you, grab that golden ring; I mean, how often does it really happen in our crazy, hectic everyday lives? Hope you guys enjoyed this post, and maybe it gave you some ideas for a quick dinner or even to pay a visit to your local Trader Joe’s. If you have any awesome go-to meal ideas, be sure to let me know in the comments. Have a great week!