Monday, May 21, 2012

Romaine Salad

Submitted by Linda
For many years, this salad has been a 'must have' at our family's Christmas table. Then it evolved into my 'potluck' salad, and the 'company's coming' salad. It's such a standby, and usually loved by everyone, I decided to finally share the recipe.

Recently I made it with a sugar free dressing recipe, and it was just as yummy. The picture below shows it with chicken, transformed into a main dish salad.
The basic recipe started out with romaine, mandarin oranges, and almonds, and over the years we've added cheese crumbles, cooked chicken, red grapes, avocado, and so on.

Romaine Salad


Romaine lettuce (small inner leaves of 2 heads)

Mandarin oranges (2 small cans)

Sliced almonds (6 T.)

Red grapes, sliced in half (1 C.)

Gorgonzola cheese crumbles (or feta, or blue)

Apple or pear, peeled and chopped

Dressing (makes about ¾ cup):

1/3 C. vegetable oil

3 T. white wine vinegar

1 ½ tsp. poppy seeds

¼ C. honey

1 T. minced shallots

1 ½ tsp. dijon mustard (we use Craig’s mustard)

Sugar Free Dressing:

1/3 C. white vinegar

½ C. splenda (substituted for ¾ C. sugar)

1 tsp. mustard
1 tsp. onion, grated

¾ C. vegetable oil

1 tsp. poppy seeds

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