Greens with Fruit, Nuts & Cheese (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Your Favorite Recipe Ever)

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It’s hard to limit myself to one favorite recipe. There are a myriad of them stored in my cookbook cupboard, in the archives here, and on my food blog.

FishBoy12 likes to pose the question, “What would you most like to eat right now?” Ah, a man after my own heart! And dependent on what he’s just seen, heard, or smelled, his answer changes with the wind. The other night when we were watching Bobby Flay’s Throwdown, potstickers was the definitive answer. But, he might say Chocolate Cheesecake or Cheesy Potatoes or TriTip or Lasagna, depending on the moment.

As would I.

So, if I had to narrow it down to a favorite, it would be tough. So, today, I’m going to stick with my favorite salad recipe ever. Well, sort of. Because I really like this one and this one, too.

But, this recipe is easy, versatile, and a veritable “party in your mouth.” You can mix and match endless combinations. You can make it different every single time. Or not. Add these items to your salad bar, and your mouth can rock out every day of the week.

And, if you make it on a paper plate, well, you can avoid any dishes, too. (Just keeping it real, folks.)

Greens with Fruit, Nuts, and Funky Cheese
(Yes, that’s really what I’m calling it.)

Greens: spinach, romaine, butter lettuce, Belgian endive, baby greens
Fruit: dried cranberries or apricots, sliced apple or pear, grapes, mandarin oranges, grapefruit sections, raspberries
Nuts, preferably toasted: almonds, walnuts, pecans, spiced mixed nuts, or even soynuts
Funky Cheese, usually some kind that crumbles: goat, bleu, gorgonzola, feta, but you could use fresh parmesan if you’re not so bold
Your Favorite Vinaigrette

Layer in combinations that sound good to you and enjoy!

What’s YOUR favorite recipe? At least today. Share it with us!

Guidelines are here. Please follow them or you will be chopped.

***Everyone who participates in this week’s URS will be entered for a chance to win the cookbook, Salads by Jane Price. Looks totally yummy!

1. Lynn’s Kit Adv (favorite soup)
2. ElizabethG (favorite summer dish)
3. Amy-Cutting Coupons in KC (Mexican Spaghetti Casserole)
4. Kara @ Home W/Purpose (favorite breakfast)
5. Cookin’ Mimi (Chicken Tortilla Cass)
6. The Cozy Country Home (Two Faves)
7. Cents to Get Debt Free (Favorite Frugal Dish)
8. Carrie – Ahh… Potatoes!
9. Christian Frugal Mama (African Peanut Sauce)
10. Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers (Improved Scalloped Potatoes)
11. Frugal Girls! {Crockpot Cranberry Chicken!}
12. A Busy Mom of Two (Chicken Pasta Bake)
13. Homesteader’s Heart (Chicken Bryan)
14. Twila
15. Joy in My Kitchen (Red Pepper Tortellini)
16. Twila (Fried Icecream Dessert
17. HoosierHomemade(Chocolate Chip Cookies)
18. Sara (cheesy chicken enchiladas)
19. Katie (Sweet and sour chicken)
20. Jenny (Homemade Chimichangas)
21. Amy @ Finer Things (Can’t Choose Just One)
22. goodLife {eats} Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil & Mozzarella
23. Frugal Friend-lentil stew
24. Cardamoms Pod (Quick Taco Salad)
25. An Oregon Cottage (favorite zucchini cake)
26. Melissa @ Frugal Creativity (homemade pizza w/ fresh tomatoes and garlic)
27. Melissa @ Frugal Creativity (blue cheese dip – in book review)
28. Amy @ MomsToolbox
29. Janel (Crudités Nature Sandwich)
30. Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget (Low Fat Cheesy Meatloaf)
31. Geri@heartnsoulcooking ( rye sourdough bread )
32. Green Mommas — Marinade anything
33. Rachel @ The Simple Life of the Boreings (Spinach Dip)
34. Charlene @ Secrets of a Southern Kitchen (poppy seed cake)
35. Cherise (Twice Baked Potatoes)
36. Kitchen Stewardship (Sausage Zucchini Bake)
37. Tara @ Feels like Home (peanut butter pie)
38. Marcia@Frugalhomekeeping(Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls)
39. The Prudent Homemaker (Apple Tart)
40. Swappin’ Spoons – Spicy Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry
41. Hallee the Homemaker
42. Maccheroni alla Bolognese
43. Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up (cherry tomato salsa)
44. Lisa@Blessedwithgrace(The Tostada)
45. Saving and Giving (NY Style Cheesecake)
46. Melissa @ Mom’s Plans (Seafood Enchiladas)
47. Mary Ann(quiche)
48. UnfinishedMom (My Favorites)
49. Pamm @ Leftovers On Purpose (easy chicken nuggets)
50. Newlyweds (Mini Shepards Pie)
51. Recipes for Moms (Scalloped Potatoes & Ham)
52. Susie’s Homemade
53. Swappin’ Spoons – Mac ‘n Cheese Soup
54. darnold23@diningwithdebbie (Curry Chicken Pita)

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  1. Looks yummy! I love a good salad.

  2. I love versatile recipes! I am also looking for ways to use up my pears… Thanks for sharing this recipe as well as the links to the other favorites.

    P.S. Do the fishboys happen to like rampage?

  3. Mine is posted twice. I guess I wasn't sure what I was doing the first time, and failed to post my recipe name. Sorry!

  4. Hoosier Homemade says

    We had a really hard time choosing too. My boys couldn't answer the question either.
    Thanks for hosting and I'm glad URS is still continueing!

  5. Katie @ goodLife {eats} says

    I can't possibly choose a favorite. But I posted my favorite summer pasta dinner.

  6. Amy@ MomsToolbox says

    I knew I liked what you had to share here. But NOW you've REALLY got me! That salad looks fantastic!!!

  7. Cherise says

    Salads are almost always my favorite meal. Definately looks tasty with the fruit.

  8. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says

    Yum. That salad looks wonderful. Love me some funky cheese. Also LOVE the paper plate!

  9. Jessika says

    Here's my favorite recipe from my MOPS days and it's great for any breakfast or brunch!
    Maggie's Cobbler
    2 bags fzn berries(no strawberries)
    2 sticks butter
    2 cups sugar
    2 cups self-rising flour
    2 cups milk
    Melt butter in 9×13 baking dish, let cool.
    Mix flour & sugar, add milk and stir until blended. Batter will be thin.
    Pour batter over butter in dish.
    Spoon fruit with its juices evenly over batter.
    Bake at 350* for 45 minutes or until browned.
    Batter will rise to the top.

  10. I found you through The Finer Things in Life. My favorite recipe this week is pot roast🙂

  11. Sweet and Savory says

    I am a bit confused. Is the date you posted the beginning of the week or the due date for the recipe? September 3 has been done?????

    I just found you and I am glad I did. Fill me in, please. Thanks.

  12. FishMama says

    The date posted in the schedule is the Thursday date that I will post the Mr. Linky. It'll be open through the weekend and then I'll close it so that I can take care of the cookbook giveaway associated with that week's recipe swap (if any).

    Each Tuesday I'll post a reminder of that week's topic. Does that make sense?

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