Monday, June 11, 2012

A mother's day luncheon with delicious Berry Dressing

 Mother's Day luncheon. A day to honor our precious mother. She's taught us how to cook, how to be a lady, sewing and craft skills, how to have some good clean fun, house keeping, and so much more. She is the sweetest woman I know. The most beautiful. She is absolutely lovely inside and out. She is a faithful friend, a child at heart... someone who loves Jesus and lives for His glory. I'm so thankful and blessed. She is such an inspiration to me. And this was a special day. My sister and I prepared a healthy, tasty meal for her one afternoon after Mother's Day.  
  We made vegetable sandwiches with mustard and smashed avocado, Tossed spring mix salad with mango slices, strawberries and raspberries, & toasted walnuts, drizzled with a berry dressing. We also had a side of crunchy potato chips on the table (just in case) along with a refreshing glass of citron iced green tea.. our favorite. 
My sister and I will go to this lovely Italian cafe called Tina's Italian Bake Shop, once in a while and get their amazing roasted vegetable sandwich with their "summer salad." It has spring mix greens, grilled pears, goat cheese,  strawberries and a berry dressing drizzled over the top. I started craving it and made a bit healthier version of this salad at home. My mom doesn't really like pears so that is why I didn't use them. This was so delicious. Here's the recipe for the dressing I used.

Berry Dressing

3 T. jam (I like red raspberry and blackberry jams)
2/3 C. canola oil
1/3 C. red wine vinegar
salt & pepper
2-3 t. sugar, to taste

Microwave jam 10-15 seconds or until melted. Add all ingredients to a mason jar, top with lid and shake. OR, whisk in all other ingredients. Refrigerate.

This dressing is delicious with mango, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, raw or grilled, any soft cheese or none, any lightly toasted nut, on top of a bed of fresh greens. 

My mom loved the lunch and we had a wonderful time pampering her with a hand and foot treatment after we enjoyed a slice of homemade berry pie made by my precious sister. Mmm what a perfect afternoon.

God's blessings and goodnight,

Chef Teebs

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