Thursday, February 19, 2009

craisin & sugared pecan salad...



1 large head romaine lettuce; rinsed & chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup craisins (I like the cherry flavored)
1 cup grated monterey jack cheese
6 oz whole pecans
1/3 cup sugar

In a med skillet heat pecans & sugar over medium heat, stirring to coat, until sugar has melted & adhered to pecans. Remove from heat, cool, chop. Combine all ingredients & toss.

Dressing:

1/4 cup sugar
scant 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (measure out 1/2 cup & take out 1-2 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 Tbsp mustard
1 tsp salt
1/4 - 1/2 of a small red onion; diced (depending on how spicy you want it)
1 cup canola oil

Put everything except oil in the blender & pulse to combine & chop onion. Add oil and blend until well mixed & thick.
Pour over salad right before serving.

I got this recipe several years ago from my mother in law & it quickly became a favorite. It is soooo tasty. I could eat the craisins & sugared pecans by themselves, but add them to the rest of the ingredients & it makes one heavenly salad!!

8 comments:

carin davis said...

this looks DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

Pineapple Hill said...

I want that salad right now. What'd I give to have you next door!

~Dana said...

I can't wait to try this!

Carrian said...

YUM!! We are big salad fans and this one looks delish!

Heidi said...

Ok, I never have the urge to make salads, but for some reason, your Craisin & Sugared Pecan Salad photo leapt right off the screen at me and now I'm going to make it this weekend for a father's day brunch. It looks refreshing and healthy and unique.

Your blog is really enjoyable to read. It's easy to navigate, doesn't look cluttered and overwhelming and your recipes all LOOK so complicated but are actually so simple. Just what I'm looking for. I usually only pay attention to strictly baking only blogs but your caught my eye. Good job!

Thanks,
Heidi

Marci said...

I made this as part of our 4th of July menu and I think it was the biggest hit of the party! SOOO good!!!

Dawn said...

Love this salad! I've made it according to your recipe and I've also made it with Spring greens and feta, either way it has become our favorite salad! The dressing is amazing, love how it's pink in color because of the red onion.

Linda said...

Delicious! Thank you Annemarie.

I made this a couple of weeks ago to accompany a fried turkey. Everyone loved it. My sil asked me to make it again for Thanksgiving dinner at her house.