Summer Mushroom Salad

I’ve always liked salads, but after you’ve been eating them for a while they can start to get boring. I was getting to that point when I decided to kick up the flavor and make a special summer mushroom salad.  This salad I created is not only flavorful, but also extremely light on calories!

Summer Mushroom Salad - Jess Explains It All

Summer Mushroom Salad

The ingredients are very basic, but the combination of flavors they provide is so delicious!  I started with a base of spinach, then added some chopped tomatoes, salted sunflower seeds, cranberries, sautéed mushrooms and finished it off with a dusting of sesame seeds!

The ingredients are as follows:

  • 2 cups of organic baby spinach
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 oz of salted and roasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 2 1/2 cups of raw mushrooms
  • 1/2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

All of that for only 398 calories!

The best part?  It takes very little time to prepare!  I chopped my mushrooms and threw them in a sauté pan with about a tablespoon and a half of water, and by them time I’d assembled the rest of the salad they were done.  I placed them over the salad base and then sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Summer Mushroom Salad - Jess Explains It All

All gone! and SO delicious!

Tasting notes:

  • The toasty flavor from the sunflower seeds and the sesame seeds goes well with the sautéed mushrooms.
  • The salty sunflower seeds nicely balance out the acidity of the balsamic vinegar
  • The cool temperature of the spinach and tomatoes provide a nice contrast to the warmth of the mushrooms
  • The cranberries add a sweet surprise to each bite!

This is definitely a salad I’ll make again!  Such a lovely lunch.  :)

Summer Mushroom Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salads
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of organic baby spinach
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 oz of salted and roasted sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup of dried cranberries
  • 2½ cups of raw mushrooms
  • ½ tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Lay out the baby spinach on a plate and layer the other ingredients over the top.
  2. Add the tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to the salad and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  3. Enjoy!

 

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