• 2 cups fresh spinach
  • ½ cup edamame
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ⅓ cup Gorgonzola cheese (or cheese of your choice)
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Pepper to taste

Optional ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup almonds slices
  • ⅓ cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • ½ cup broccoli
  • ⅓ cup snow peas


  1. Cook edamame for 3 to 5 minutes in boiling water. Once boiled, set aside and let cool.
  2. Cut strawberries, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and avocado into slices.
  3. Rinse spinach and add to a bowl. Add cucumber, cherry tomatoes, edamame, strawberries, avocado, and Gorgonzola on top. Mix.
  4. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar as the dressing.
  5. Top with pepper to taste.
  6. Enjoy!

Makes: 1 to 2 servings  | Total Time: 10 minutes

recipe_micheleAbout the Chef

Name of Chef: Michele Saldana (named after the song by The Beatles)
Family: Daughter – Victoria Kathleen (19); Son – Dominick Alexander (13); Pets – Kittens named Max and Muffin
Community: Solana Beach and Del Mar
Hobbies/Interests: Documentary films, reading, writing, business strategy, being a member of the PTA for Solana Beach School District (I’m in charge of Career Month), swimming in the ocean, hiking, teaching English to International Students at UCSD, singing, dancing, living a healthy lifestlye, and learning
Favorite Local Activity: Summer Twilight Concerts in Del Mar and Yoga and Meditation at Bella Sareena
About the Recipe: I chose this recipe because it is a healthy, tasty, colorful dish which can be commuted to and from the beach, BBQs, and potlucks. It is perfect for sharing!
About the Chef: I am a San Diego native and a true California girl. I love the beach and people of all walks of life, and I’m very spiritual. I have been a Realtor for over nine years in Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar with Jelley Properties. I have written poetry since the age of 12. I believe in my dreams and, most importantly, I believe in the people I meet. I am a mother of two. You may find me reading a book and drinking tea with a smile.

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