So I will now insert my foot into my mouth regarding salad dressings that have too much sugar in them. This salad is one that I LOVE and it has too much sugar, but for some reason, it works. Not surprisingly, my kids adored it too!
Since the holidays are all about decadence, I thought some of you flavoristas might want to try this salad. Bring it to your next pot luck. Try it and let me know what you think. Add some bitter lettuces too. If Christine was not a vegetarian, I bet she’d put bacon bits in too!
1 head Red leaf lettuce, finely chopped
1 large bag baby spinach leaves
1 large bunch arugala, chopped (This is my addition)
1 medium red onion, minced
2 cups toasted pecans, chopped
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
1 large pomegranate, seeded (another addition by me)
Layer all of the ingredients into a bowl, alternating until bowl is full. This works really well and can be done ahead of serving by a few hours and refrigerated.
This makes a lot of dressing.
1 cup light olive oil or canola oil (nothing too fruity)
2/3 cup red wine viengar
2/3 cup sugar (yes that is 2/3 cup) you can use less if you like but that is what Christine used. I am sure agave would be a suitable substitute but use less
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. (go heavy) poppy seeds
Place all ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously. Pour desired amount over salad and toss well.