Taste of summer all year around!

Taste of summer all year around!

Are you ready to take your taste buds on a ride? Look no further than this summery salad recipe that combines the unexpected flavors of maple syrup with a medley of delicious ingredients. Get ready to have your mind blown and your salad game elevated to a whole new level!

What's the Deal with Maple Syrup?

Maple syrup isn't just for pancakes anymore, folks. This liquid gold adds a touch of sweetness and depth of flavor to any dish, including salads. Its rich, caramel-like taste pairs perfectly with the fresh, crisp ingredients in this recipe, creating a symphony of flavors that will leave you wanting more.

Ingredients That Will Make Your Taste Buds Dance

Let's dive into the mouthwatering ingredients that make this salad a true masterpiece:

  • 1 cup spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1.5 cups orzo or risoni (uncooked)
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 2 mini cucumbers, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • Pinch of dried parsley
  • Pinch of dried crushed basil
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • Sea salt & cracked black pepper

Putting It All Together

Now that you have all the ingredients, it's time to assemble this flavor-packed salad:

1. Cook orzo/risoni in salted boiling water, as per packet instructions. About 8 minutes, so it still has a bit of bite to it.
2. For the dressing: Combine all ingredients and mix well.
3. For the salad: Place all ingredients into a large bowl, drizzle over the dressing and toss together.
If you’re making a big batch for the next few days, only dress the salad when you place it in your bowls ready to eat, this way it might stretch 3-4 days.


So there you have it, A summery salad recipe that will make your taste buds sing with joy. Whether you're enjoying it as a light lunch or a refreshing side dish, this salad is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. So go ahead, embrace the maple syrup madness and take your salad game to new heights!

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