Fresh Starts You’ll Love

By Alyssa Vance
Created December 8, 2016
Pear and Greens Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Chip away at the excess from the holidays and start your year right with a simple salad and side of bread for dinner. MORE+ LESS-

I don’t know about you, but now that the holidays have come and gone, I’m in need of some clean and easy recipes to detox from all the cookies, cocktails and über-rich buffet bites I devoured. Simple solution? Salad. And a side of bread, of course. 

My natural inclination is to be baking casseroles, simmering slow-cooker meals and putting together hearty pastas. But there’s something about a simple salad and a side of bread that makes the perfect little meal. And even though there’s a blanket of snow outside here in Minnesota, there’s a surprising selection of in-season produce to freshen up any salad. I love using oranges, pears and pomegranates (like in this Winter Greens with Pomegranate Champagne Vinaigrette salad). Add an easy dressing, and you’ll have the perfect sauce to mop up with the bread. It’s a no-waste meal.

Pear and Greens Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This Pear and Greens Salad with Maple Vinaigrette looks so yummy and only takes 15 minutes to make. Pair it with a slice or two of Crusty French Loaf for an easy, filling meal.

Crescent Rolls with Fresh Herbs

You can keep your salad simple and easily liven it up with a side of bread – and it doesn’t need to be a basic one. These Crescent Rolls with Fresh Herbs and Italian Garlic Knots would add a whole layer of flavor to any salad. 

I’m always looking for new pairing ideas. What’s your favorite salad-and-bread combo?