Thursday, March 4, 2010

Apple, Feta and Pecan Salad

We have this delicious salad almost once a week. It's so easy, my girls devour it, and I tend to have all the ingredients on hand. We've had this as a side dish and as the main course. You can make any adjustments to the dressing you'd like--I did! (The original recipe called for 1 cup of olive oil and 3/4 cups of sugar)

Salad Dressing:
Combine the following in a blender/food processer and puree:

1/4 c. sugar
1-2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. apple cider vinegar (i prefer Bragg's brand)
1/8 small onion
2-3 Tbs. olive oil 

Then add, pulsing once to blend:
1 1/2 Tbs. poppy seed (optional)

Sweet Toasted Pecans:

Soak 1 cup of pecans in water for 5-10 minutes. Drain. Toss with sugar (about 3-4 tbs), 1/8 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp chili powder. Spread onto baking sheet and toast at 400 for about 10 minutes (keep an eye on them, since the sugar can burn). Allow to cool.

Combine the following ingredients in a large salad bowl:

2 heads red leaf, green leaf, romaine lettuce, shredded
2 apples (granny smith are nice) sliced thinly
Craisins to taste
1/2 cup Feta cheese--or to taste
Toasted pecans

Top with the dressing, and mix well.



Just Us said...

YUM! Can't wait to try it.

Marliese said...

Just tried this tonight! Very yummy, thanks Emily. I don't know if you actually see these comments, though...:)