Leafy green salad with vegetables tossed in balsamic dressing

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You will need:

Romaine, bok choy, spinach and kale leaves (or your favorite combo of leafy greens) chopped into bite-size pieces

Yellow squash, red onion, green bell pepper, radish, tomato etc. chopped into bite-size pieces

For the dressing:

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

Lemon juice

Dijon mustard (optional)

Garlic powder

Basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, or your favorite combo of herbs

Sea salt and fresh-ground black pepper

(Black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, etc can be used as extra toppings)

1.  Combine the oil and vinegar at a 3-to-1 ratio, (for example, 6 tbsp oil to 3 tbsp vinegar).  I like to use the balsamic and the apple cider vinegar together, half one and half the other, for my total vinegar ratio.  The balsamic vinegar gives it the taste I like, the apple cider vinegar gives me some extra health benefits.

2.  Once you have your oil/vinegar mixture the way you like it, squeeze some lemon into it, add about 1-2 tsp of the dijon mustard (optional), and then add some garlic powder and herbs in the amounts that you like.  Don’t be stingy, this is how you will flavor the salad and make it delicious!  Finally, top it off with some sea salt and black pepper and mix well.

3.  Toss the chopped vegetables with the oil and vinegar mixture, then add to the leafy greens for a salad that fills you up and tastes great!

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