So Colleen called me the other evening and asked if I could toss a salad together for a Christmas party we would be attending. Well, it was a huge party and so I asked one of my children to bring up one of our huge bowls from downstairs. Next, I thought of one of Colleen's dislikes about taking "large" salads to parties.

If people don't like the salad, then you end up with a lot of leftovers that a lot of people have rummaged through. Sorry so graphic, but it's true. So my objective was clear; make a "huge" salad that would be the first salad to be completely consumed. Then we could return home from the party, wash out a bowl and clean up would be complete. Yes!

Next, I thought of Colleen who has weathered several salad-dressing experiments lately. You see, a friend of mine is in the honey business and is the only true producer of raw honey in Utah. He is just one of only three true producers of raw honey in the country. Almost all honey that is said to be raw, has been heat processed and is not really raw at all, but this family has invented a process that doesn't required added heat. Well, I was so impressed by the benefits of "truly" raw honey that I went on a binge learning how to make dressings with honey as a part of the base.

Poor Colleen became my unwilling "tester." Too much vinegar, not enough fruit, too much honey, not enough herbs, chia makes it gritty, water is fine, and on, and on. Well, Colleen was going to be home in a few minutes and I wanted her to know that I hadn't ignored her request so I jumped right in and filled our huge bowl with half Romaine lettuce, and half baby spinach leaves. Then I whipped up a vinaigrette. It has one part apple cider vinegar (may substitute balsamic vinegar), one part water, two parts honey, and two parts whole strawberries, plus a dash of rosemary, basil, and thyme. Check, check, check and check and 30 seconds later, voila a simple, fast, and easy dressing that I poured over the leafy greens and tossed. Mmmm.

Next, some sprinkles of my favorite goat cheese, chopped nuts, some sliced strawberries, pomegranate seeds, and some slices of mandarin oranges (cut in half), and a little chopped red onion. Toss it all together once again just as Colleen gets home and we zoom off to party. Well, the salad was twice as big as the next closest salad. Colleen loved it and wanted seconds, but by the time we got back to the salad bowl it was picked clean. Victory! Colleen loved the salad. I loved making it for her, and it was fun to see so many others take a bite and dash back for more:)

Let us know if you would be interested in obtaining some of the best honey in the world, because it is just great as one of the ingredients in this new yummy love salad and dressing.

Until next time, keep the creative recipe thoughts going and enjoy this season of giving by sharing your culinary expression of love. May His love, light and spirit make this holiday bright for you and abide with you throughout this season and always.

Jim and Colleen

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How can I get the recipe?  I'd like information on ordering the honey if they can ship to California.  thanks.

Sounds fabulous!

I just bought 30 lbs of honey ... but I'm still interested in the future.

I WANT HONEY!!!!!

Thanks,

Leanna Hunt

I would love information on how to get honey, again if they can ship to California!

The recipe sounds great! I'm going to make it tonight! Yummm

What Honey company do you buy from and where do I get it?

Yes, please send me the info on the honey!  My source for raw honey no longer carries it :(  I am also in California and am just about out of my supply!  Thanks, Jim

I am interested in purchasing raw honey.

Recipe and proportions ...PLEASE!!

Hope that we can get some of the honey in Arizona

I would like to order honey if you will be offering it from your site.  If not, could you please provide the name of the company to do our own direct ordering.  Thanks so much for your service to all of us!!

Please add me to your list interested in raw honey.  I am in Bountiful.

Thanks, and I am excited to try your salad recipe. 

Peggy

I am definitely interested in raw honey!!!  I'd also like to ask if you know anyone who does truly raw agave?

I live in Ogden, Utah and was one of the lucky ones who got chia from the last order....love that stuff...thanks

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