Summer Breeze Salad with Granola Croutons

by amandapaa on June 30, 2014

Summer Breeze Salad with Granola Croutons With my new cross-city commute each day, hour long traffic jams that evoke a bit of rage are unfortunately the norm.  Not that I didn’t know that was going to happen when I accepted the job, but it stings a little when you’re in the midst of it. Hands tightly gripped to the steering wheel, I’m usually thinking about the fun I could be having in the kitchen. But alas, life changes and ironically, it spurs new inspiration, like quicker, yet just as satisfying meals like this Summer Breeze Salad with Granola Croutons.

Although it looks quite fancified, this colorful beauty takes a mere 8 minutes to make – yes, I timed it. It would have been a 10 minute situation, but I went a little Sandra Lee “semi homemade” and drizzled it with my favorite store-bought dressing, Whole Foods Fig Balsamic.

The contrast of the indigo blueberries, peachy cantaloupe, grassy green spinach and bright white feta is pure mother nature, painting the prettiest picture for the eyes too see.

Summer Breeze Salad with Granola Croutons But what I’m really head over heels about is the granola crouton crunch. It’s such an easy and delicious solution to gluten-free croutons! In essence it’s similar to topping a salad with something fruity and nutty, like cashews and dried cherries.

It hits you when you take that perfect bite – your teeth sink into the plump berries and soft cantaloupe, the salty feta and punchy vinaigrette sneak in, then you finish with the crunchy, sweet and savory granola.

Summer Breeze Salad with Granola Croutons The team from Purely Elizabeth was kind enough to send me a few packages of their Ancient Grain Granola earlier this year and I was hooked once I swirled it into creamy greek yogurt. There are plenty of great granola options out there, but what I love about Purely Elizabeth is that it’s made from a myriad of good-for-you, natural and gluten free ingredients.

Summer Breeze Salad with Purely Elizabeth Granola Croutons Quinoa, chia & sunflower seeds, amaranth, whole grain oats, and coconut oil – which means complete proteins, vitamins, omega 3’s fiber and antioxidants all make their way into your body. All pure, all natural, sweetened only with coconut sugar and cinnamon.

Summer Breeze Salad with Granola Croutons And guess what? Their granolas are now available at all Target stores making it simple for you to make this easy, breezy beautiful plate of yum. To celebrate, Purely Elizabeth is giving one Heartbeet Kitchen reader packages of their Original, Cranberry Pecan and Pumpkin Fig flavors! To enter the giveaway, use the rafflecopter below – contest will end Sunday, July 8th at 11:59pm eastern and one random winner will be chosen (eligible for US residents only). Good luck and have a great week!

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Summer Breeze Salad with Granola Croutons

serves 4
Don’t just reserve this tasty dish for lunch or dinner – it makes an excellent breakfast salad as well. Feel free to use whatever dressing you like, but I found the acidity of the balsamic vinaigrette really brought everything together.

5 ounces Earthbound Farm organic baby spinach
1 1/4 cups blueberries
1 1/4 cups cubed cantaloupe
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar dressing
1/2 cup Purely Elizabeth granola

Arrange spinach on a large platter or individual plates. Add blueberries, cantaloupe and feta on top. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with granola. Leftovers will last two days in refrigerator.

*Purely Elizabeth graciously gave me samples of their products to develop this recipe and are sponsoring this giveaway, but opinions are 100% my own. It’s fun to show you products that I love using in my kitchen!

Kathryn June 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

I love the flavours and colours in this salad! It just screams summer + the idea of topping it with crunchy nibbles of granola is just inspired.


Amanda Paa June 30, 2014 at 11:34 am

Thank you Kathryn! It was one of the pleasant surprises. And I’m all about the salad train these days with so much beautiful produce! Just one reason I love summer :)


shanna mallon June 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

So fun! I love the idea of adding the crunch of granola to salad, and I love the sound of this granola! I’ll have to keep my eyes out for it next time I’m at Target.


Consuelo - Honey & Figs July 1, 2014 at 3:15 am

Awh I’m so glad I just came across your blog! All of your recipes look and sound delicious, and your layout and logo are the cutest!
I really like the sound of this salad. Those granola croutons look super delicious!


Amanda Paa July 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Thanks for stopping by Consuelo! I just checked out your site and it’s gorgeous. I love connecting with others who have similar food loves. Can’t wait to keep up with your blog! xo Amanda


Laura K July 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

This sounds so good! I love cantaloup and blueberries, but never really thought about putting them in a salad nor adding granola as croutons; what a good idea! I’ve been wanting to try the Purely Elizabeth granolas, they look delish!


Katy July 31, 2014 at 11:14 am

This was delicious! My family loved it and so do I! Thanks for sharing.


Amanda Paa July 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Katy, this makes my day! Really glad your family enjoyed it. Hearing that people are inspired to cook from seeing my blog is such a delight.


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