IMG_7073When delivering lunches last week at Suntrust, a client that normally buys a sandwich ordered the grilled chicken salad instead.

“ Do you want your grilled chicken on spinach or field greens?” I asked. He wrinkled his forehead in thought.

“ I want to be healthy, but not too healthy…I’ll take the field greens,” he replied.

I chuckled, thinking that’s the spirit! Yes, spinach is packed with vitamins and minerals, but when the heart wants a lighter, crunchier, albeit less potent lettuce, listen to it. More importantly, I liked the essence of his decision making process—balance. Eating healthier doesn’t have to be a sacrificial ritual; you can have your salad and eat it, too.

Today I give you an easy salad recipe that’s healthy, but not too healthy.

Ham and Brie over Mixed Greens (Makes 4 servings)

3 cups mixed greens (or spinach/ lettuce of your choice)

2 large apples, chopped into ½ inch pieces

4-5 slices of deli ham, pieced into small squares

6 oz. brie, sliced into small squares

Fresh berries (optional)

Rosemary vinaigrette (see below)

Rosemary Vinaigrette

¼ Cup olive oil

1/3 cup honey

1 TBSP Fresh rosemary