Simple Summer Salad with Honey Thyme Vinaigrette

A few weeks ago while we were visiting Taos, we had the most amazing dinner at a charming restaurant aptly named The Love Apple. Nestled in a chapel that’s over 100 years old, the Love Apple dishes out home-cooked, organic, clean cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients.

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Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious from the potato and spring vegetable gnocchi to the juniper-infused, chocolate pot de creme. However, the lightness and freshness of Love Apple's seasonal salad with honey dressing and warm goat cheese was my favorite. I set out to capture the same simplicity and sunny vibes in this recipe for a summer salad with honey thyme vinaigrette.

Simple Summer Salad with Honey Thyme Vinaigrette

AuthorHeatherly ChenetCategoryDifficultyBeginner

A simple summer salad with fresh greens, seasonal fruit, goat cheese, and honey thyme vinaigrette. Apples and blueberries were available when I shopped but can be substituted for strawberries, pears, blackberries, or other seasonal fruit. I like spring mix because of the light flavor but baby lettuce, spinach, or power greens would also work well.

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 mins

Simple Summer Salad Base
 5 oz fresh spring mix
 2 fresh gala apples
 1 cup fresh, whole bluerberries
  cup raw, chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans (or chop your own)
 4 oz crumbled goat cheese
Honey Thyme Vinaigrette
  cup extra virgin olive oil
 3 tbsp raw honey
 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 1 tbsp lime juice
 1 tsp thyme
 ¼ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
 ¼ tsp black pepper

Directions
1

Wash fruit and greens thoroughly. Place greens in a large bowl.

2

Slice the gala apples, removing seeds and core, then chop slices into fourths. Add chopped gala apples and whole blueberries to the bowl of greens.

3

Take chopped nuts, or carefully chop your own, and add to bowl of fruit and greens.

4

To prepare the Honey Thyme Vinaigrette, whisk all ingredients together in a cup or bowl until combined. Pour over the salad then toss several times to incorporate.

5

Plate salad and top with crumbled goat cheese to taste. I LOVE goat cheese and prefer a generous 1 oz or 1/4 cup per serving.

6

Enjoy!

Ingredients

Simple Summer Salad Base
 5 oz fresh spring mix
 2 fresh gala apples
 1 cup fresh, whole bluerberries
  cup raw, chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans (or chop your own)
 4 oz crumbled goat cheese
Honey Thyme Vinaigrette
  cup extra virgin olive oil
 3 tbsp raw honey
 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 1 tbsp lime juice
 1 tsp thyme
 ¼ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
 ¼ tsp black pepper

Directions

Directions
1

Wash fruit and greens thoroughly. Place greens in a large bowl.

2

Slice the gala apples, removing seeds and core, then chop slices into fourths. Add chopped gala apples and whole blueberries to the bowl of greens.

3

Take chopped nuts, or carefully chop your own, and add to bowl of fruit and greens.

4

To prepare the Honey Thyme Vinaigrette, whisk all ingredients together in a cup or bowl until combined. Pour over the salad then toss several times to incorporate.

5

Plate salad and top with crumbled goat cheese to taste. I LOVE goat cheese and prefer a generous 1 oz or 1/4 cup per serving.

6

Enjoy!

Simple Summer Salad with Honey Thyme Vinaigrette

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