Friday, November 2, 2012

~Fun Food Friday...Autumn chopped salad, & homemade poppy seed dressing~

Saw a picture of this salad on Janie's blog and googled it to find the recipe. We were NOT disappointed!!   Complete with pears, chopped cranberries, and chopped pecans it is to die for!!  =) 
Although I was unable to find all the ingredients here, it was still a LOVELY Delicious salad, and even our Colombian guests wanted seconds. =)
~I made this yummy salad for Mary's birthday party...and I was so BUSY serving all of my guests, that this is the only pic we got of the salad. =) ~
 How to: Autumn Chopped Salad from here
You will need:
6 to 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 medium pears, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
4 to 6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
8 slices thick-cut bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbledPoppy seed Salad Dressing
Balsamic Vinaigrette
1. Heat skillet (I generally don't add oil to the pan first - the bacon releases enough grease). Lay bacon in skillet in a single layer and cook on one side until strips start to curl up. Flip slices over and cook until they're as crispy as you like. Lay cooked pieces on a paper towel to drain fat. Repeat with remaining bacon (pour off fat in between batches). Rough chop once cooled.
2. In a large bowl combine lettuce, pears, cranberries, pecans, bacon and feta cheese (
omit bacon for vegetarians / omit bacon and feta for vegans).

3. Drizzle generously with 70% poppy seed dressing followed by 30% balsamic vinaigrette (omit poppy dressing for vegans).

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(Personal note: I couldn't get all of the special dressings this recipe calls for here in Colombia, so I googled and found this recipe for "Poppy Seed Dressing" and it was DELISH with this salad.

~Poppy Seed Dressing~
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 teas. salt
1 teas. dry mustard (I used reg. mustard =)
1 teas. grated onion
1 cup veg. oil
1 Tab. poppy seeds.
In a blender combine sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, and onion and process for about 20 seconds.  With blender on high, gradually add oil in a slow steady stream.  Stir in poppy seeds.  

And as Always...ENJOY!


Charity said...

Looks yummy! I fixed the kids something the other day, and immediately thought, "Ooh, Heather, should try this for her Fun Friday!" Shows how often I'm reading your blog :o) Actually, it's fun for anyday, and the kids LOVE it this time of year. Make a pocket slit in a banana lengthwise (do not peel first). Stuff with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Wrap in foil and bake at 350 for a few minutes until warm and gooey! Yum!

Janie said...

Your chopped salad looks beautiful and I'm sure it was delicious. It sounds very similar to the one Sis. Eisenhart made for Cheyanna's bridal shower. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it :)

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