Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Salad with Fruit, Feta and Pecans

A salad for springtime!

We love salads with lots of goodies in them, like meats, cheeses, nuts, etc.  By the time we're done, it becomes the whole meal.  Like at a salad bar...a little bit of everything!  You can even change up the fruit, strawberries or blueberries in the spring/summer, cranberries in the fall.  It's all good!
But, sometimes I just want a light and delicious salad with fruit and mixed greens.  I love this one because it has feta and pecans, along with the fruit.  It's great as an opening dish to a holiday or company meal.
This recipe puts everything into a bowl for self serve, but I like to make the individual plates and carry them to the table for each guest, kind of restaurant style.  They look so beautiful and are just delicious.  You can use the dressing recipe below or make your favorite.
4 cups spring mix greens, washed and rinsed well
4 oz. can of mandarin oranges, drained
6 medium strawberries, washed and sliced
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Raspberry vinaigrette, recipe below
Wash and dry the greens well, then just before serving, plate each individual salad bowl with the greens. 
Divide the oranges, strawberries, feta cheese and chopped pecans onto each plate for a beautiful presentation.  (The pecans can be toasted for a nuttier flavor, if desired.)
Lightly drizzle with the vinaigrette just before serving, and put the rest of it on the table in case anyone wants more with their salad.
Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe
6 tsp. raspberry preserves
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Blend all ingredients together well, (a small whisk works great), drizzle over salad just
before serving.
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