Sunday, January 23, 2011

Strawberry Salad

Better late than never. My intention was to make my first post of 2011 a gorgeous, leafy green salad.  You know, 1st of the year, getting fit, daily exercise, healthy resolutions yada, yada, yada.  It didn't work out.  I went with cheesy, sausage and pepper calzones.  So it looks like my second post of 2011 will be a salad.  I love salad. I have a few in my list of favorites and this is one of them.

This is a recipe that I borrowed (with permission of course) from my brother-in-law's mom.  Hi Denise! Before I had actually tried this salad I had heard about it from my sister.  She raved about it.  After I finally had my chance to sample it on my own, it was love. The dressing is garlicky and sweet.  I know garlic and sugar don't sound like a match made in heaven but trust me, it works.  Want to know what else works with this salad?  Walnuts and Strawberries!  Yum!  Give this one a try, it's different and delicious.  

Strawberry Salad  (Serves 8-10)

Dressing (makes approx. 1 1/2 C. of dressing)
1 C. Vegetable Oil
1/2 C. Red Wine Vinegar
3/4 C. Sugar
2-4 Cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 bunch of Red leaf lettuce
1 bunch of Romaine lettuce
1 C. of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 C. of Walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 C . Strawberries, quartered

To make the dressing mix/blend oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt, paprika and pepper.  I like to blend the dressing.  I toss all the ingredients in my mini food blender and mix until everything is incorporated.  Once blended set aside.

Wash and prep both the red leaf lettuce and the romaine lettuce.  Once washed, tear the lettuce leaves and add to your serving bowl.

Wash and slice strawberries, add to the salad bowl.  Sprinkle the Monterey Jack cheese over the top of the salad. Finally top with the chopped walnuts.

You can add the dressing and toss prior to serving or let your guests add their own.


The salad fixings!

I didn't take a picture of the salad dressing being blended.  Imagine all the ingredients in the blender and take a mental picture. Imagination is a wonderful thing. Here is the end result.

The lettuce is washed and ready for the party.

Doesn't this look fabulous?

Ready for a close up? 

Time to dig in. 



joeflats said...

This is my favorite salad of all time it is so delicious!!!

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