This is one of my favorite salads. It’s based on a salad I have purchased at Whole Foods Store. It’s fresh and easy to prepare.

You will need:

  • Fresh spinach
  • Dried cranberries
  • Blue cheese
  • Walnuts-lightly toasted
  • Israeli whole wheat couscous or other whole grain small pasta, cooked/prepared according to package directions
  • Italian dressing

For those of you who have never tried cooked pasta/couscous in your salads, try it! I really enjoy adding pasta to almost any salad, and if you prepare your pasta without added fat, it’s a healthier carbohydrate alternative for your salad than croutons. Also, if you want to change the type of nut or cheese or dressing for this salad-go for it!  You could also add some chopped pear or apple to this salad-yum!

If you’ve never heard or tried Israeli couscous, it is similar in size to orzo, maybe; different shape though. It’s readily available in stores, and it has a nice, firm texture. However, like I said, you could sub any other past if you want. I’m not going to harp on it, but remember folks-chose whole grained pastas/couscous/rice whenever you can! Higher fiber and more nutrients; it’s just so much better for you.

I usually make this as a large salad-and eat it as a meal, so my proportions are approximately: 2 c. fresh spinach leaves; 2 Tbsp. walnuts; 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries; 1/2 c. pasta; 2 Tbsp. blue cheese and enough dressing to coat the spinach leaves, lightly.