Every Monday during the month of May I'm sharing my favorite salads, most are easy to pack for work lunch and they all highlight ingredients local to WNC.
Using strawberries in salads during the summer is very common at our house. This year, we're enjoying our first CSA and using ingredients in new ways helps you use up all we get each week without waste.
Combine the following for a simple tossed salad:
Spinach (locally available as early as spring)
Strawberries (begin fruiting in May in WNC)
Goat cheese (again, gotta love Three Graces Dairy!)
Chopped pecans (plenty of NC pecan growers if you don't already have some in your pantry leftover from fall pie making!)
Your favorite balsamic dressing
Catch you next week veg lovers.
Second salad of the month, this one may be tougher to pack to-go. Still, it's great to create at home and still simple!
Local ingredients: arugula, sweet potatoes & cheese!
Roast small pieces of sweet potato (tossed in olive oil and salt & pepper) at 350 until tender, about 20-30 min.
Coat your arugula in lemon, olive oil and salt & pepper to taste.
After sweet potato has been cooked, toss in arugula.
Top with thinly shaved slices of Goldie's Gouda from Three Graces.
This is a great spring salad when these ingredients specifically are available in our area before all the fun summer items arrive.
Man, I love arugula.
Oh boy. Am I crazy to follow up a month of cocktails with... salads?
I'm the first to admit I have a solid love for junk food and healthy food. Different days, different moods, different occasions call for moderation of both.
I will not deem the cocktails of April healthy so time to switch it up for May.
Any one else out there packing lunches for work? Or even scrounging for lunches to make at home? Enter salads.
First up, a classic with a twist. Kale caesar salad with tomatoes instead of croutons, shredded parmesan cheese and caesar dressing.
Regular caesar salads grew incredibly dull for me quick and the simple change to kale instead of romaine brought me back. The combo is perfect. Add chicken if you have it on hand and you're not vegetarian!
This time of year, kale is plentiful in WNC from local farms. Each of the salads I share in May will have a North Carolina touch.
And we're off, every Monday in May I will bring you new salad inspiration. Unofficial sponsors: Pinterest, my chef hubby, our CSA + local & seasonal ingredients.
Part II, less talk and more color.
Let's just admire how wonderful all the shades of green are.
Look one was a gorgeous LWD Couture emerald gown with embellishments to highlight the waist. The cloud coverage was strong and the fog was rolling in. We were on this mountain bald at a lucky time of year when the grass was getting green yet the trees were still bare. It felt like we were in Ireland.
We really got to show off the Susie Saltzman ring and Floressence Flowers bouquet in Look 2. The second gown by LWD Couture was a hue somewhere between purple and grey, a smokey color that was so flattering. The bouquet was full of peach and green with hints of purple, the whole look flowed so well.
Then the sun set quickly, we took advantage and just kept snapping.
Invited by the best Asheville duo, Jameykay & Arlie, to this styled shoot, I could not have been more thrilled! Jameykay and Arlie are friends of mine and continuously rocking out their own styled shoots; I was so honored to be asked along to this one!
First off I'm sharing my favorite black and whites. Kendra modeled and she became the perfect accentuation with the mountaintop setting. The sun set fast and the breeze blew in but you'd never know by what pro Kendra is.
Each gown was created by Liz White Couture, another incredible local talent. Her gowns wow me each time I see them in person. In part two of this this post, I'll share the color photos to enjoy the detail of each dress.
I'm all about brides going for an alternative look and I can really see some brides-to-be embracing a style like this.
We can't forget the other details here. The floral crown was created by Florescence Flowers and what I've enjoyed about their work is how they can run with a concept. When J&A set this up, they provided minimal direction and Floresscence just gets it.
And the ring. It complements the gown so well and is another touch of an alternative bride.
You'll likely see Susie Saltzsman work all over Instagram, tucked into every beautiful wedding.
Pt. II will show off the shades of green, peach, and purple-grey, stay tuned.