We are two busy professionals working in downtown Salt Lake City who take time every other week to enjoy going out to lunch. During the week we somehow manage to find the time to cook dinner for our families despite our hectic schedules. We hope you enjoy reading about our dining adventures!
i've been seeing some pins on pinterest for an autumn chopped salad that looked so good! http://espressoandcream.com/2010/11/autumn-chopped-salad.html and we've totally been craving salad since i made that yummy caribbean chicken salad and since we had delicious salads at slick rock cafe in moab. i gave this one a try, and sadly, i did not love it. neither did mr. d. i think it had a lot of potential, but i made some mistakes.
first of all, i tried to halve the recipe. i was making the salad for 2 and i wanted to mix the dressing into the salad, which means leftovers wouldn't really work, so i didn't want to use the 6-8 cups of lettuce the recipe calls for. i used 3 cups of lettuce and 1/2 cup dressing, which was way too much dressing. it was drowning. second, i thought we had pecans, so i didn't buy any. turns out mr. d finished them off, so i used sliced almonds instead. while they were ok, i don't think it added quite the same flavor. third, the pears i got with my basket were bosc pears, better for baking than snacking, i figured it would be fine, but the one i used wasn't quite ripe enough to add a lot of sweetness. finally, in an effort to make this healthy, i used turkey bacon, which never brings a lot of flavor to the table. also, i left out the cheese. we're not fans of feta at our house.
Autumn Chopped Salad
3 c chopped romaine lettuce 1 medium pear, chopped 1/2 c dried cranberries 1/2 c chopped pecans 4 slices turkey bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled Poppy seed Salad Dressing
On a large platter, combine the lettuce, pears, cranberries, pecans, and bacon. Drizzle generously with poppy seed dressing, followed by some of the balsamic vinaigrette. I used 1/2 a cup of dressing: 70 percent poppy seed dressing and 30 percent balsamic vinaigrette.