For me, a really good salad needs several key elements. First, really great greens. Swiss chard, spinach and boston leaf are at the top of my list - but really I am happy with anything but iceberg (which is the equivalent of eating crunchy water :) Second, fruit. Take your pick, strawberries, raspberries, apple, pear, the always popular tomato - I do draw the line at mandarin oranges though - because any fruit that has lived in a can just makes me sad. Third, a nut. Now I realize some of you can't indulge here, and I am sorry, but for me a salad needs a nut - my top pick is usually almonds, today I went with pecans. Fourth element - the cheese. Here is where a salad really can go over the top. My pick - goat or blue cheese, but I also love chunks of swiss cheese, or freshly shredded parmesan. Final element - really good salad dressing. If you want inspiration for a great easy one - stop over at Pleasantview Schoolhouse for her take on salad and a nice vinagrette. Today I went for ranch - homemade and absolutely full of garlic deliciousness and a bit of fresh dill to top it off. Tomorrow I'll post my favorite ranch dressing recipe, and if you have any good dressing recipes to share, do tell!
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That is one gorgeous looking salad! I saw the post on P.V.S. too. They always have delicious things.
Thanks so much for sharing this salad recipe! My husband's got a great Honey Mustard, I'll try to get it for you.
Margie - I love Honey mustard dressing, so please pass along any recipe you have!
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