Saturday, December 22, 2012

Fennel & Fruits Salad with a Champagne Vinaigrette

Fennel & Fruit Salad with a Champagne Vinaigrette pg. 162 & pg. 239
Aztec Spirit pg. 96
Fennel & Fruits Salad
Sorry for being MIA for the last 2 days.  I had guests in the house, and was putting the final touches on Christmas.  My BFF and her husband are in town still, and my sister-in-law from Maui is here with her adorable kiddos as well.  The house has been bustling.  Lastly, my daughter's puppy Lily (the toy poodle) ate something bad and was so sick.  She is doing much better thank goodness!

I have the perfect salad if you have promised to bring a dish to someone's Christmas dinner, or if you need a recipe that is sure to please. I made a Fennel & Fruits Salad with a Champagne Vinaigrette.  This is the best salad and dressing.  It is sure to knock the socks off of everyone!  The dressing has 3 different fresh herbs in it, plus crushed mandarin slices.  Can you say, "Yum!"  I only added 2 tablespoons of the flax oil versus 3 the recipe calls for.  Here is what you will need for the Champagne Vinaigrette.
Champagne Vinaigrette
I suggest doubling the salad portion of the recipe.  Everyone really loved it and it went fast.  You will have plenty of dressing to cover the extra salad.  The combo of fennel and green apple over the arugula was just delicious.  Here is what you will need to compliment your Christmas dinner.

Bonus recipe! Here is a little pick me up to get you through the next couple days, The Aztec Spirit.  It has 2 shots of espresso in it.  Hello energy boost!  Sometimes this time of year you just need a little zing to keep you going.  This will do the trick.  Plus, you get a handful of kale minus the stems to keep your belly happy.  The added spice from the cayenne pepper made this smoothie pretty awesome.  Here is what you will need to put an extra spring in your step.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve.  My kids are bouncing off the walls with anticipation.  Before Santa comes to your house check out this website. My sister-in-law introduced me to this really cute Santa  site.  You plug in some general things about your child and Santa sends them a personalized message.  It is pretty great!  If you have a kid wavering on his/her beliefs on a the whole Santa situation this will be sure to give them faith!  Here is the site:
Do it even for an adult.  It has naughty and nice options!  You will love it.

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