4/08/2008

Our Favorite Salad

This is our family's favorite salad recipe. I have converted several "salad-haters" with it. One of my husband's colleagues who doesn't eat fruit OR lettuce gobbled it up and asked for seconds. I've tried it at dinner parties and all sorts of get-togethers and it's always a hit. If you don't have the recommended fruit on hand, just substitute whatever you have and enjoy!

Favorite Salad
Salad:
1 apple, diced
2 green scallions, chopped fine
½ c. slivered almonds (or candied pecans, yum!)
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 Head romaine lettuce, torn into pieces
1 pear, diced
1 c. fresh raspberries

Mix all salad ingredients and toss with dressing just before serving.

Dressing:
1 c. canola oil (I've been using the SmartBalance oil lately)
½ c. sugar or Splenda
1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 T. poppy seeds
2 T. red onion, chopped fine
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard

Mix all except oil and poppy seeds in blender. Blend on medium speed while slowly adding oil. Add poppy seeds and pulse a few times. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight.