San Francisco Salad

For about six years GI Joe traveled to Savannah once a month for National Guard duty for the Air Force.  Many of those weekends I traveled with him and spent the time on Tybee Island.  One of our favorite restaurants to visit was the Sundae Cafe.  It is a little funny how we found out about this restaurant.  I was buying gas at the local BP station and when I paid I asked the clerk if she knew of some good places to eat.  She said, ” Well the place next door must be good because there is always a crowd there.”  I would never chosen the restaurant unless someone had recommended it.  It is located within a  a strip of four stores.  The local liquor store is on one side and the BP on the other. We became frequent customers because the food is excellent and it is very nice and elegant on the inside.  So you can’t judge a restaurant by the cover!   One of my favorite dishes to order is the spring salad.  I have tried many times to duplicate it, but failed.  Thanks to Anna,  I have found the recipe !!  

Last weekend we had dinner with our long time friends.  It was a fantastic meal!   Anna served this San Francisco Salad that was  extraordinary!  I love the flavors of the feta and the tart cranraisins with the texture of the toasted walnuts.  Together with the  salad dressing adding  the  right amount of sweet and tangy and red onion gives it the little kick.    So thanks to Anna we can all enjoy this scrumptious salad!    

San Franciso Salad

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/cup sugar
  • 1  tablespoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup cranraisins
  • 8 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 bag of mixed greens (or enough for 8 servings)

Melt butter.  Saute walnuts 5 minutes or until golden.  Drain.  Mix sugar and pepper together and roll walnuts in the mixture.  Cool.

Place cheese and nuts over mixed greens and pour dressing over salad.


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup oil

Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a jar and shake until mixed well.  If preferred, dressing  can be  served separately and spooned over each salad.

Recipe can easily be halved for four servings.



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Filed under easy, healthy, quick, Recipes, Salad, salad dressing

22 responses to “San Francisco Salad

  1. Yum! I use craisins in my salads all the time! My favorite is with craisins, toasted pecans, apples and blue cheese crumbles.

    I will definitely try this dressing.

  2. This sounds amazing! I’m going to try this out this afternoon. How amazing that I actually have feta cheese and craisins in my house at the same time!

    On a side note – Mr. Wonderful is 20 years airforce retired – so I can totally relate to finding restaurants in out of the way places on guard or deployment weekends.

    Nice to meet another CTE teacher!

  3. It makes me miss my once close proximity to SF. The salad sounds like it would be a wonderful reminder.

  4. Jill

    After hearing how you all loved it at mom and dad’s, Wes and I decided to give it a try. I was shocked when the picky eater actually liked it and said we should make it again.

  5. in my salads, i love the tart chewiness that craisins provide and the nutty crunch from a handful of walnuts. that dressing sounds so bright and delicious–great recipe!

  6. Anna Lester

    this salad looks delic!

  7. Kamryn Storey

    I love salad!

  8. Tommie H. p1

    This salad looks good!! I love salad!!!!!

  9. Rachel S. 1st

    This salad looks delicious!(:

  10. Brittany Pirkle

    That salad looks absolutely delicious, I would love to try it (:

  11. Amy w

    This looks yummy i love salad, feta cheese & craisins. 🙂

  12. andre c

    this looks good; id eat it

  13. Vaida Rutledge

    Wow! This salad looks diffferent, but yet tasty!

  14. kim s

    that looks so good. salads are delicious

  15. courtney edwards

    mmmmmm….. this looks yummy!!! I am getting hungry just looking at it.

  16. Sarah Jeffery

    This salad looks very good.

  17. Tania I.

    this looks very good and very healthy!

  18. i learned that salt can be used in a salad without affecting its taste. it looks yummy

  19. I learned about oil used in salad dressing. it looks good. =)

  20. walnuts could actually be tasty in a salad! Who Knew?

  21. Fruit, nut, cheese and vinaigrette salads are my favorite! This looks and and sounds delicious.

  22. Great salad. So glad you found the recipe so now we can all share it! I love the dressing- although it seems like a lot of parsley……
    Nothing better than dried fruit, cheese and nuts in a fresh salad.

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