Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Charlottesville Salad

My wonderful Grammie gave me this recipe. I’m not sure where she got it from, but it’s a real WINNER! This salad has been my “go-to” salad for dinner parties I throw, or when people ask me to bring a side to a party they are throwing. It’s always a big hit! Seriously. You can use various dressings with it (a tasty Balsamic or a Tangy/Sweet Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette… etc…). This go around I used the the one that came on the recipe card. Mmmm! You have to try this one! DELICIOUS.

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Charlottesville Salad

Ingredients:

For the Pecans:
4 TBS Butter
3/4 - 1 Cup Pecans (roughly)
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 TBS Pepper (yes, as in black pepper!)

For the Dressing:
Note: I generally double the dressing recipe
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Light)
1/3 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
3 TBS Soy Sauce
2 Cloves Minced Garlic
1 tsp Black Pepper

For the Salad:
Romaine
Mixed Greens
Craisins
Crumbles Feta
Candied Pecans
Charlottesville Dressing
Chopped Apples (optional)
(Sweet Gala or Pink Lady works well!)
Cucumber (optional)
Tomato (optional)

Directions:

For the Pecans:
Melt Butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute pecans in melted butter until they are fragrant. Remove from heat, and toss with 1/2 Cup of Sugar and 1 TBS Pepper. Place on paper towels and allow to cool. Store in a ziplock bag until ready to use.

For the Dressing:
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Assembly:
Layer all the salad ingredients and toss with the dressing (adding a little at a time, until the salad is coated lightly).

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2 Responses to “Charlottesville Salad”

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    Magic of Spice — July 17, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    What a wonderful salad…I just popped over from Just Food Snobs, and you have a lovely site:)

  2. 2

    Chef Dennis — July 18, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    Hi Kristina
    now thats a great salad!! you had me as soon as I saw pecans!! the feta just puts it over the top!! Glad to have found you!!
    all the best
    Dennis

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