Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad with Feta and Pecans

Last night was one of those rare occasions where I got to be an actual guest at an event, rather than the event planner! My husband had a Sysco cocktail party to go to and it was so much fun! We ate so much food and we stumbled upon something that I'm determined to recreate: Buffalo Chicken Mac n' Cheese. It was basically a delicious combination of the infamous Crack Dip (Buffalo Chicken Dip) and Mac n' Cheese....I'm thinking a clever name will be Crack Mac? Ok, I'm coining that now so no one else use it.

I had made this salad about 2 weeks ago for our girl's night dinner we do once a month. It was my job to bring the salad. I wanted to do something really fresh and a little more depth than just a garden salad. I found a recipe for a Strawberry Vinaigrette salad and the ingredients sounded so good I knew I had to try it. I kept the salad the same as the original recipe, but the dressing recipe seemed to be lacking so I searched around a little more until I found a recipe that sounded like what I was looking for. I increased the amount of balsamic vinegar, since after I made it according to the recipe it wasn't what I would consider a dressing...it was thicker and lacked the tanginess of the vinegar. After those modifications, it was a delicious hit!


Salad Ingredients
-1 large bag baby spinach
- 1 1/2 cups diced strawberries
- 3/4 cup crushed pecans, toasted
- 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1. Combine spinach, strawberries, feta cheese, and pecans in a large bowl and toss with strawberry vinaigrette dressing.
 
Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing
-1 cup olive oil
-3/4  cup strawberries, halved
-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
-1 teaspoon white sugar

1. In a food processor, mix olive oil, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar. Blend until smooth.

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