After spending 15 hours at work, I hope that someone appreciates my diligence in posting. Here is that salad dressing recipe that I had mentioned.
Basil Balsamic Dressing
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of fresh basil (chopped)
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of hot sauce
Put all ingredients into a blender and puree until garlic is fully liquefied, this should take about 1 minute with a high powered blender.
I have been using spinach almost exclusively as my main green in all salads. It is cheap, common, and very good for me. In this, I added the staples (carrots, red cabbage, onions, etc) but also added the in season asparagus, pistachios, cranberries, corn, and flax seeds. It was a really nice refreshing spring salad. A great addition to the patio dinner!