Craisin and Sugared Pecan Salad

I think this was the biggest hit of our 4th of July BBQ! I found the recipe on Tastebuds and it was a perfect summer salad! Such a great combination of flavors and super easy to make as well. I used at least twice as much lettuce (I bought a big bag of pre-torn romaine lettuce) and doubled the dressing recipe but probably only used 3/4 of it. This is definitely one you should try out this summer!

1 large head romaine lettuce; rinsed & chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup craisins (I like the cherry flavored)
1 cup grated monterey jack cheese
6 oz whole pecans
1/3 cup sugar

In a med skillet heat pecans & sugar over medium heat, stirring to coat, until sugar has melted & adhered to pecans. Remove from heat, cool, chop. Combine all ingredients & toss.


1/4 cup sugar
scant 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (measure out 1/2 cup & take out 1-2 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 Tbsp mustard
1 tsp salt
1/4 - 1/2 of a small red onion; diced (depending on how spicy you want it)
1 cup canola oil

Put everything except oil in the blender & pulse to combine & chop onion. Add oil and blend until well mixed & thick.
Pour over salad right before serving.


Annemarie said...

YAY!! I'm so glad you guys liked it. It is definitely a favorite around here.