April 29, 2010

Lettuce, Craisin, Feta and sugared Almond Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yesterday morning I got this salad in my brain and it would not leave me alone. It called out to me (in my brain) to be made and I found myself mentally taking inventory of what I had in the refrigerator at home to throw something together.

It's the kind of salad you don't measure. You toss together the ingredients and add a balsamic vinaigrette and serve. Quick and simple - especially when you use a store bought dressing. I was craving this salad so strongly yesterday that when I realized the only ingredient I was missing was balsamic vinegar, I didn't want to take time to make it. Instead, stopping by the grocery store on the way home from work I bought 1 bottle of Balsamic Vinaigrette and of a Raspberry Vinaigrette and I mixed them 5 parts to 1 part as I wanted just a *hint* of sweet raspberry vinaigrette but I really was craving the tang of the Balsamic mixed with the feta.

You can use pecans for this - sweetened or unsweetened. I happened to have made those sugar-free sugared almonds a couple weeks ago (that I posted here on An American Housewife) and I simply crushed 1/2 cup of those with the end of a wooden rolling pin. They were an incredible addition but you can use pecans or walnuts - toasted or not. Up to you!

Play with the recipe and make it your own!

1 bag mixed lettuce, washed and ready (your favorite mix)
pecans or almonds - sugared, toasted or raw
feta cheese - crumbled
Balsamic Vinaigrette
and/or Raspberry Vinaigrette

Use about a handful of nuts, handful of craisins and as much feta as you prefer. Before serving, toss with the vinaigrette.Print Friendly and PDF