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Sunday, March 10, 2013

By Request

One of my many "non-biological children who don't live with me" requested this wonderful salad recipe.  I thought I would put it out here on the blog for everyone to enjoy.  It really is a great salad!

Gouda and Strawberry Salad
6 cups Romaine, spinach or other greens
8 oz. Gouda cheese, sliced into small wedges
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cups carmelized pecans
Raspberry vinaigrette (recipe below)

Carmelize pecans by heating pecans and 3 Tbs. sugar in a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat for several minutes or until sugar is golden brown, stirring frequently.  Spread in a thin layer on baking sheet or wax paper; cool, break into pieces.

Toss greens with cheese wedges, strawberry slices and pecans.

Raspberry Vinaigrette
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbs. raspberry vinegar
3 Tbs. granulated sugar
1 1/2 Tbs. fresh parsley
1 tsp. minced shallots
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp dry mustard
fresh ground pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and whisk to combine.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  Makes about 1 cup.

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