I live pretty much in the center of the city. Fortunately, it takes less than 30 minutes to get from my house out into the country. I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday out here, than driving on the back roads, passing horses, plowed fields, the mountain views, and seeing actual greenery.
And then arriving at my favorite winery to enjoy a picnic is like the cherry on top of ice cream.
Even my little guy can appreciate the relaxing atmosphere here. He kept telling me how much he liked not only the inside of the building, but playing out in their picnic area as well.
As if the perfect weather, picturesque scenery, and a glass of sparking wine wasn't enough, we still had our picnic. I had packed this yummy berry salad.
Mixed greens, slices strawberries, blueberries, red onion, pecans, and gorgonzola cheese make up this wonderful salad. Of course my little guy, Christian, only wanted berries on his plate, but at least they are good for him.
I made a dressing for the salad which contained balsamic vinegar, honey, and safflower oil - delish!
Berry Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing
diced red onion
For the dressing:
2 parts balsamic vinegar
1 part honey
1 part safflower oil
1. Start with a generous portion of mixed greens. Arrange strawberries, blueberries, red onion, pecans, and gorgonzola cheese on top.
2. For the dressing, mix all ingredients and give a good shake. Dress salad immediately.
A pleasant afternoon turned into an even more pleasant evening. We had some close family friends over for dinner that we haven't seen a really long time. The berry salad was so good at the picnic, that I decided to serve it at dinner as well.
A scenic drive, a picnic at Zin Valle with berry salad, good friends over for dinner, plus a new episode of Downton Abbey- it was the perfect Sunday 🙂
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Hi, I’m Jordan – a work at home mom with 3 super fun little boys and a rising country star hubby. I love entertaining guests and want to help you make entertaining easy!