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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 Fruit and Feta Cheese Salad with Granola Croutons.
Although it looks like a restaurant worthy salad, 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 “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 cheese is pure mother nature, painting the prettiest picture for the eyes to see.
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.
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.
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.
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This was delicious! My family loved it and so do I! Thanks for sharing.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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 :)