Prep time: 25 minutes
Serves: 25 minutes
Pairs well with: Frittatas or egg casseroles, brunch dishes, and roast chicken.
For the Salad:
- Two 10 ounces of bags of cut up hearts of Romaine lettuce
- One 5 ounces bag of Spring Mix lettuce
- 2 avocados, diced
- ½ cup sliced green onion, white and green parts
- ½ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 1 ½ cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 cup rough chopped sweet/spicy pecans (recipe follows)
For the Dressing:
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- 4 tsp Dijon mustard
- 4 tsp granulated sugar
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tsp kosher salt
Sweet and Spicy Pecans:
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- A pinch of cayenne
- 4 ounces of Pecans
- 2 tsp of water
To make the Sweet and Spicy Pecans:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, make a slurry with the powdered sugar, salt, cinnamon, cayenne and water. Add the pecans and stir, coating the pecans well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly onto the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Once out of the oven, immediately slide the parchment paper with the nuts off of the pan so the sugar doesn’t dry onto the pan. Let cool, and chop roughly.
To make the dressing:
Add all of the dressing ingredients to a blender or small food processor and blend until creamy. This is important to emulsify all of the ingredients together.
To assemble the salad:
In a large bowl, toss your lettuce with the amount of dressing of your liking to coat the leaves well, but not too soggy. Transfer your dressed lettuce into a serving bowl, and add the rest of the salad ingredients. Sprinkle the sweet and spicy pecans over the top, and serve.
- The dressing can be made and refrigerated up to 5 days ahead, just give it a good shake before you dress your salad.
- Short on time? Buy your sweet and spicy pecans instead! Trader Joes has a great selection of nuts to choose from to add crunch to this salad.
- Feta is a great substitute for the gorgonzola if you are not a fan of blue cheese
- Making the sweet and spicy pecans? Double the recipe, these nuts are great for snacking and go with most salads for a touch of protein.
- Prep your salad ingredients up to a day ahead of time, and toss it all together before company comes.