Meal planning has become a staple in both of our homes. In fact, for the busy months, we make it a point to plan out an entire month worth of meals to simplify our evenings. Meal planning can feel like a daunting task but through our journey to become relaxed and present homemakers, we have learned how important meal planning can be. We can assure you, there are simple #Hostfulhacks to simplify the process. For example, choose easy-to-prepare wholesome side dishes to complement each main dish. One of our favorite go-to’s is Mimi’s Spring Salad recipe. We like to choose five to six easy side dishes and rotate them throughout our schedule. And don’t forget to utilize leftovers! There’s nothing better than knowing there’s a bowl of Mimi’s Spring Salad waiting in the refrigerator for lunch!
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Mimi makes the best salads. It’s almost always certain we will be enjoying a salad to compliment Mimi’s home cook meal. Her Spring Salad is easy to make, full of leafy greens and she’s the queen of #HostfulHack: Halfway Homemade!
The secret to serving Mimi’s Spring Salad is to go halfway homemade. For this recipe, Mimi combines a bag of Spring Salad Mix and fresh chopped iceberg lettuce. Note: for this Savoring Spring menu, we swapped iceberg lettuce for kale. Serving a home cooked meal does not make you a better homemaker because it’s not about what you make for dinner, it’s about who you’re serving dinner to and the relationships that dinner helps build. Mimi and Nana have both taught us this through #Hostfulhacks and halfway homemade recipes. Less time chopping lettuce leafs equals more time with your loved ones.
We use a large serving bowl like this one to serve Spring Salad. Family-style dining has proved to build deeper relationships. Also, if you have children, family-style dining has a positive affect on our children. For example, through the passing of serveware, children learn motor skills, self-esteem, communication skills, social skills and independence. Serving Mimi’s Spring Salad in a large serving bowl creates an opportunity to strengthen family communication!
Mimi’s Spring Salad would not be complete with out the perfect toppings! That’s the best part of Mimi’s salads. She doesn’t just throw lettuce in a bowl and call it a day. She prepares her salads with multiple toppings for the most flavorful results.
Spring Salad Toppings:
To create this simple and delicious recipe, you’ll need the following:
This Spring Salad recipe is really easy to prepare. First, you’ll want to prepare your Italian Dressing a day or two prior to serving because they seasonings will mix and marinate in the refrigerator. Follow the instructions on the back of the Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix but use red wine vinegar in place of white wine vinegar and olive oil in place of vegetable oil. Finally, add garlic powder, mix and refrigerate.
Next, you’ll want to wash all of your vegetables really well. Chop the kale or iceberg lettuce and mix with the spring lettuce in a large serving bowl. Next, thinly slice cucumber, green bell pepper, red onion and celery. Add those to the bowl. Top with feta, Parmesan Cheese and cherry tomatoes. And enjoy! Hap-Bee Hosting!