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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dinner Group ~ Salad!

What began as a 4 X 4 Dinner Group in April ~ 
    was actually a 3 X 3 Dinner Group ~
                       commenced this weekend!

"Mr. Ed" and I were asked to bring the Salad!

So~o~o. . .
While watching Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond made the best looking Salad, which I copied from Food Network. When viewing our local Food Network station, I often copy recipes and stash them away until an occasion arises for something new or different!

Ree Drummond. . .Pioneer Woman!

Tonight's main dish of lasagna was just screaming g r e e n salad, but with a refreshing twist!
Perfect for an Apple, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad!

Apple, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad:


12 oz. Salad Greens (Spring Mix)
1/2 cup dried Cherries
1/2 cup Pecan halves
6 oz. Blue Cheese chunks
2 whole Apples, cored and sliced very thin

1/4 cup Olive Oil
1  Tablespoon (heaping) Dijon
1  Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1  Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (or more to taste)
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper


Add the greens, cherries, pecans, cheese and apples into a large salad bowl.

Mix the olive oil, Dijon, maple syrup and vinegar in a small jar and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put the lid on the jar and shake well to mix.

Pour a little of the salad dressing over the top of the salad and toss to combine.Taste the salad and add more dressing to taste.

Serves: 8

The Menu

Apple, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad
Garlic Bread
Iced Tea
Black Forest Cake w/ Whipped Cream

On Crooked Creek will be joining our dear hostess, Yvonne @ StoneGable for On The Menu Monday! Be sure to visit and pick up a new recipe for your own family dining experience!!!

Until next time. . .


Barbara F. said...

I adore salads such as this. So lazy to make it most of the time (my bad!) :) Menu sounds wonderful. xo

Linda said...

Wow, this salad sounds and looks amazing. I will be making it soon!
Perfect for a hot summer day.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oooh...this looks so yummy, Pat! I will definitely try this one! Thanks!...hugs...Debbie

Martha said...

Love the maple syrup in the dressng -- I always like a "touch" of sweet in my dressings. I adore fruit and nut salads on greens -- especially in winter when all you can get are store tomatoes and croutons are so boring! I must try adding the apple and the maple syrup! Love the jar shaking method as well!

Julia might not approve, but . . .. if it works!

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Looks absolutely delicious!! Yummy squared.

podso said...

It sounds like a wonderful twist to a green salad! I have been putting strawberries in my lettuce salad this summer ... mmm. Yours looks great!

Shelia said...

Oh, my, Pat! This salad sounds delicious! I can almost taste the apples and the blue cheese now! Thank you for sharing this recipe and I'm sure everyone just loved it.
Thank you for your sweet comments on my green backs!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Infuse With Liz said...

This looks great! I love salads with a little bit of blue cheese and nuts...great combo! The dressing sounds delicious!

Designs By Pinky said...

I make a very similiar salad but your dressing sounds FABULOUS!!! Thanks so muc. I joined OTMM too this week:) XO, Pinky

bj said...

This sounds REALLY good. Can't wait to try it...:)

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my goodness, Pat....THIS salad sounds so yummy! Every ingredient is something I love! I can hardly wait to mix some of this up. :)

I wanted to thank you sooooo very much for the gorgeous crystals you sent me, too, my sweet friend! I got them a couple days ago. They're going to look just perfect on my new chandy. Bless you for being so thoughtful and giving!!! Hugs!

xoxo laurie

Barbara~Bella Vista said...

Hi Pat,

This all looks so delicious and just perfect for the hot summer months. I am a huge fan of salads and will have to try this. Many thanks.

Hope you are having a lovely week.



Oh, I'm loving this salad and I too love blue cheese on top of my salads to enhance the flavors. I'm copying your recipe, thank you honey. Thans for your lovely comments too, you are so kind dear Pat. Hugs,