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This has been one of my favorite salads lately. It is a spring lettuce mix with strawberries, spicy pecans, and shaved Gorgonzola cheese. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. It is one of those salads where the flavors come together so perfectly. It’s unique and delicious.
You can make this salad a light main course by topping it with grilled chicken.
1. Layer on a platter a bed of spring greens salad mix.
2. Toss diced apples (I prefer granny smiths) or pear with fresh squeezed lime juice, and sprinkle around the center.
3. Add chopped green onions.
4. Place sliced and sweetened strawberries around periphery (pomegranate is a wonderful substitution in the winter.)
5. Optional: Now would be the time to place sliced grilled chicken in the center if using.
6. Add a layer of crumbled or shaved Gorgonzola (I like to shave it with a potato peeler).
7. Sprinkle spiced pecans over the top.
8. Drizzle with vinaigrette just before serving.
Whisk ingredients together until well mixed.
Sweet & Spicy Pecans:
Stir sugar and water together until sugar dissolves. Add pecans and soak 10 minutes. Drain.
Combine sugar, chili powder, and ground pepper, then coat drained pecans. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350F for 10 minutes.
Optional Grilled Chicken:
Marinate skinless chicken breasts for 2 hours in the dressing, Lawry’s marinade, teriyaki sauce, and tequila, if using. Sprinkle with lime-pepper (or lemon-pepper) seasoning on the grill, and grill as desired.
Peppery watercress pairs beautifully with the sweetness of strawberries and earthy flavor of toasted hazelnuts. Served with a red wine vinaigrette.
A classic southwest salad made with kale for extra nutrition and topped with a homemade cumin ginger sage dressing.
I had never had fennel before, but when I tasted this salad I absolutely loved it and over the years I have changed the recipe to include Meyer lemons and truffle cheese. It’s really refreshing. The bitterness of the baby arugula with the tart lemon dressing and the salty Parmesan cheese makes it perfect.
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