I made this a few weeks ago for a charity event I was hosting. I needed something quick to make, and could easily feed a lot of friends who were coming over to support the cause. One of my favorite things to have is Amy’s Blackberry Vinaigrette, but I needed a way to turn it into finger food so people didn’t have to walk around eating salad.
I bought some organic whole wheat mini toast from Whole Foods. These are great for appetizers since they are bite sized, come 36 to a pack for just a few dollars, and only have a few organic ingredients. It’s easier than buying a baguette and toasting it myself, and saves me a lot of time. You could always use crackers as well, especially if you need a gluten-free option, but be sure to read the labels. Watch out for partially hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. I spread some goat cheese over the mini toast, added a slice of strawberry, and poured some of the blackberry vinaigrette overtop. It was a huge hit at the party! This would be a great appetizer to serve when you have family and friends over, perfect plate for a 4th of July gathering, or great for an afternoon snack! It takes just minutes to prepare, especially if you make the salad dressing ahead of time.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ~Dalai Lama.
A friend of mine used this quote on a fundraising page last year. It sums up charity work perfectly. I may not be able to find a cure for every disease, help all the wounded and disabled, save all abused woman and children, rescue every pet, or provide a roof, food, and water for every person out there, but every little bit I can do is making a difference. If we all donated a few hours a year, or a couple dollars here and there, think of what that would add up to.
Have a great day!