I love Mexican food and there is no other words to describe this salad but fantastic! The salad part is just like any other salad with lettuce, tomato, olives, cheese, and avocado. The stars of this main dish are the meat and the dressing so don’t change a thing when you make this because they are perfect as they are. This is an easy to prepare so you will win all around. The most time-consuming is chopping the onions, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes and cilantro. It does make a lot. I mean that I served 10 people and had 2 servings as leftovers. The leftovers are still good the next day if you don’t add the dressing to the top. I do like it with some heat so I put really hot jalapeno peppers with seeds and all in there. You adjust the heat to your taste. I love serving this with some crunchy tortilla chips and homemade Pico de gallo. Yummy! Make this for your next get together, serve it on your deck or patio or take it to your friends to enjoy. They will thank you!
A couple of weeks ago our family went to a long time friend’s wedding in Greenville, SC. It was a beautiful wedding and a really fun time. We arrived on Thursday and had dinner downtown. I was awestruck at the downtown area. It is just absolutely beautiful. Big oak trees line the street making a cool walk even on a hot summer day. The sidewalks are large enough for restaurants to have outside dining. And who doesn’t love outside dining? I just loved the atmosphere in the area. On Friday we were doing a little window shopping and walked by a group of young men having what looked like a business lunch and the food looked absolutely wonderful. So we got a table for two under one of the huge oak trees and enjoyed the cool breeze. And this is when I had the best Greek Salad with grilled chicken I have ever had. In fact I enjoyed it so much I ordered it again on Saturday for lunch. I knew than that I had to make this at home. How could I live without such a mixture of goodness?
Salad is my life. For lunch most everyday of my adult life I have eaten a salad along with some protein whether it might be grilled chicken or a hard-cooked egg. I just love them! Salads are the perfect way to include all the servings of vegetables and fruit that are needed daily. Don’t get me wrong that’s not the only reason I love them. There’s just so many ways to make salad. You can never get tired of them. The downside to salads for some people is the addition of too much dressing turning a very healthy choice into a heart attack. I made this Balsamic Vinaigrette for my students. They loved it!
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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