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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Savory Raspberry Salad

Hello Neighbors!

In my part of the world the raspberries are in harvest - oh what a beautiful day! Nature's rubies. Raspberries are a great source of Vitamin C, fiber, and pectin that is known to lower cholesterol. Best eaten right out there in the raspberry patch as they are picked, raspberries are a summertime favorite of mine. Raspberries and blackberries are odd little sweets: soft, furry, hollow when picked, each little berry-cell contains a small seed. New surgical weight loss patients should pass on fresh raspberries to avoid lodging a seed in their new pouch or the incisions that created it. About a year after surgery it is safe to test berries for your tolerance, following, of course, the guidelines provided by your surgical center.

If you have an abundance of raspberries give this Savory Berry Salad a try. Add a piece of grilled chicken or grilled fish for a complete nutritious and delicious meal. Enjoy!

Savory Berry Salad

1/4 cup raspberry vinegar or balsamic vinegar
4 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
8 cups mixed salad greens
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blackberries
1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
2 ounces mild goat cheese, crumbled

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper.

Arrange the greens on four salad plates. Top with the fennel, raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes, and goat cheese. Drizzle with dressing.

Per Serving: 170 calories, 5g protein, 8g fat, 5g dietary fiber.

For more summer salad recipes visit the LivingAfterWLS Kitchen - Salads