Friday, March 13, 2009

Fruit & Nut Salad with Sweet & Sour Dressing

This is one of my favorite salads and homemade dressings. So simple and jam-packed with flavor.

Fruit & Nut Salad
1/2 a red apple**, coarsely chopped
1/2 a green apple, coarsely chopped
Fruit Fresh & water (opt)
1/4 C chopped pecans
Romaine Lettuce
Any other lettuce you like*
1/2 med onion, sliced & slices halved
2 stalks celery, sliced (not shown, I'm out)
1/4 C dried cranberries
Sweet & Sour Dressing (below)

1. Heat a small skillet over med heat. Add chopped pecans and allow to toast for about 3-4 minutes or until hot and smelling toasted. Stir occasionally. Keep an eye on them since they burn easily. Remove from pan to a plate and allow to cool before adding to salad.
2. Chop apples and soak for a couple of minutes in Fruit Fresh water to prevent the apples from browning, drain. While not necessary it does make it more eye appealing. But if you are going to eat the salad all gone immediately don't worry about it.
3. In a med-large bowl, tear both lettuces into bite size pieces. Add apples, pecans, onion, celery, and cranberries. Serve with Sweet and Sour Dressing.

Sweet & Sour Dressing
Based on a recipe in Betty Crocker Cookbook
1/4 C vegetable oil
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp white vinegar*
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar*
1 t dried parsley, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1. Shake in a tight container or stir all ingredients together in a 1 C measuring cup. Refrigerate until & after serving.

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