It's fun to eat your greens when you mix things up a bit. Instead of a boring old salad, how about some mache (pronounced "mosh," which the kids think is hysterical), a little walnut-crusted goat cheese, and a drizzle of white balsamic vinaigrette? Tracy Harrison, owner of Purpose LLC, recently told me that salad greens + dressing is an optimal combination, because the fat in the dressing helps you to absorb the fat-soluable vitamins in the greens. So don't skimp on the dressing!
Mache with Walnut-Crusted Goat Cheese and White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Mache (I found a nice box at Whole Foods; use about 1 cup per person) Chopped walnuts (about 1 T. per goat cheese round) Mild Goat Cheese (about 2 T. per round) optional: sliced or shredded carrots, berries Dressing: 4 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons canola oil 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 clove garlic, pressed 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar salt and pepper
Arrange greens in a bowl. Add carrots or berries if using.
Slice goat cheese into rounds and roll in chopped walnuts. For an extra-delicious treat, place the goat cheese in the oven for a few minutes while you prepare the dressing, to get it warm and soft.
Make the dressing by placing all of the dressing ingredients in a blender or the cup of an immersion blender and processing until smooth.
Place the warm goat cheese on top of the greens and drizzle with dressing. Eat.