Tossing raisins into my salads adds the perfect touch of sweetness that will make even the most healthy, bland dressing taste delicious. And there is something great about the contrast between the chewy raisin and the crunchy veggies. But if you want to take it to the next level- you know, impress your friends and dazzle your taste buds- trust me when I tell you that taking a few minutes to rehydrate raisins is time well spent. They become insanely juicy and super flavorful- and make all the difference.
How do you make them? Well, read on...
1- Fill a saucepan with 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of water and bring it to a boil.
2- Pour in a handful of raisins.
3- Put a lid on the saucepan, turn off the heat, and let it sit for about 5 minutes. (It is during this time that I typically make the salad- so no time is wasted, efficiency is the name of the game.)
4- Pour raisins into a colander and let the water drain.
5- Sprinkle them atop the salad of your choice and enjoy!
One of my go-to summer salads is a combination of kale and romaine (from my garden, natch), pine nuts, shaved parmesan cheese and a generous fist full of, you guessed it, rehydrated raisins. Top with juice from 1/2 a lemon, toss in some balsamic and olive oil if you so please, and voilà. Bon Appetit!
Oh- and outfit note, since the dress in the above photo deserves a major shout out, it is from one of my all-time favorites, Lilla P. The front and back pleat make it super chic to throw on for literally any occasion- and when I feel like changing it up, I just slip on a belt to give it more shape (although most of the time I take full advantage of the breathable, flattering factor afforded by the clean lines of the natural silhouette.)