Build A Better Salad….NOT PIZZA

Man do I have a salad for you…That’s right I said a salad. Don’t laugh until you try it. I came up with the recipe myself and it was a big hit around the house. And though I’m typically a meat and potatoes kinda guy, this salad had me at Manchego cheese.


Baby Spinach


1 yellow and 1 red bell pepper

2 ripe tomatoes

1 tsp Minced Garlic

Fresh avocado (optional)

Small block of Manchego Cheese. This is a Spanish cheese made from sheep’s milk. It’s somewhat soft and not overly strong. You could substitute a feta cheese here but that would take away from the Spanish theme I was going for.

Salt and Pepper


Olive Oil

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar (you don’t need both but if you have them lying around why not)

3 tbls Lemon juice

Salt and Pepper

note: When it comes to the measurements for the vinaigrette it’s more to taste than anything. When I made this the first time I didn’t measure everything out. Sorry.

First off you want to make the Vinaigrette and set aside. To do this you want to combine the vinegar, garlic, lemon juice and S/P. Then slowly whisk in the Olive Oil until combined. If you’re not sure how to do this YouTube it :)

Slice the peppers long ways in to thin slices and add to the Vinaigrette. (The longer you let the peppers marinate the better). Cut the tomatoes into thick or small chunks. I prefer big but this is completely up to you. Sprinkle the tomatoes with S/P and set aside. (If you are letting the peppers marinate for a while do this step just before you are ready to combine all the ingredients). Remove peppers from marinade, shaking off the excess.

In a large bowl combine the spinach, peppers, tomatoes, chopped cilantro and toss until well incorporated. When you are ready to serve, portion out accordingly and then add the sliced avocado, shredded cheese and drizzle the remaining vinaigrette over the top just at the last moment.

What makes this salad so great is how fresh it is. Sure you can buy a store bought vinaigrette but why not make it yourself? Also, the crisp peppers paired with ripe tomatoes and the bite from the cheese is heavenly. Trust me your taste buds will thank me later.

Note: If you wanted to add some grilled chicken that would be a pretty awesome choice.



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