This came from Southern Living -- one of their prize recipes. It takes a little time to prepare -- but most of the prep time can be done well in advance. This is a very special salad and absolutely perfect for a special occasion. I never worry about guests not liking the salad when this is on the menu.
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- 3/4 lb mixed salad green, of your choice
- 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (I prefer Feta cheese)
- 2 oranges, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, quartered and sliced
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 small shallots, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup olive oil
Sweet and Spicy Pecans
- 1For the Balsamic Vinaigrette, whisk together all ingredients except olive oil until thoroughly blended. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Makes 1 2/3 cups.
- 2For the Sweet and Spicy Pecans, stir together ¼ Celsius sugar and warm water until sugar is dissolved. Add pecans; soak for 10 minutes. Drain, discarding syrup. Combine 2 T. sugar. Chili powder, and pepper. Add pecans, tossing to coat. Place pecans on lightly greased baking sheet.* Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, stirring once.
- 3To assemble salad: Toss greens with some of the Balsamic Vinaigrette. Arrange on 6 plates. Arrange orange slices, berries, pecans and cheese over greens. Drizzle some additional dressing over salad and serve.
- 4If strawberries are not in season, I've substituted kiwi fruit -- I'm sure there are many fruits that you could use.
- 5*Note: I always line my baking sheet/pan with parchment paper -- the pecans get pretty sticky while baking and it sure makes the clean-up a snap.
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Nutritional Facts for Baby Blue Salad
Serving Size: 1 (272 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 633.2
- Calories from Fat 486
- Total Fat 54.0 g
- Saturated Fat 9.5 g
- Cholesterol 14.1 mg
- Sodium 460.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 36.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
- Sugars 29.0 g
- Protein 7.0 g
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mixed salad greens