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Andy’s Healthy Summer Salad

Soups & Salads


Bag of fresh salad greens
Cherry tomatoes
4-5 garlic cloves
1 shallot
1/3 cup Pecan oil*
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Asiago or hard aged cheese
(Serves 4)


Mince garlic cloves and shallot. Mix them with pecan oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk or shake well. Add cheese and mix. Pour dressing into the bottom of a salad bowl. Spin bowl so that the dressing is on the sides of the bowl, then
add your greens and gently toss to coat the salad. Garnish the salad with cherry tomatoes and more fresh cracked black pepper and serve immediately.

*Andy recommends Pecan Ridge Plantation pecan oil ( grown and pressed on a family farm in southwest Georgia.

Now, it’s time to add an “accent” or three and let your creativity run wild. If it’s a sweet balance you’re after, I like to sweeten my dressing just a tad with a spoon full of pepper jelly or fruit sweet preserves. You can also use honey or a pure cane syrup-like Steen’s to give it a depth of flavor. Feel free to play with this flavor profile until it’s just like you want it. The good news is you can either add more vinegar or more sweet to balance it out if you don’t like it. If you like more spice, add spicy paprika or whisk in your favorite Cajun spice blend. Again, look for flavors you already love hiding in your pantry.

Bingo! You are now a salad dressing champion!

Cheers to a happy, healthy, homemade salad dressing-filled summer.


Andy Chapman lives in Gulfport where he owns and operates EATYALL and their newest subsidiary, Find Family Farms, businesses that help farmers and food producers connect to chefs & consumers around the globe who are looking for better ingredients. Andy would love to hear how your salad turns out. Contact him at or visit fi to learn more. *Originally featured in the June 2020 issue of Today in Mississippi.

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