Friday, June 3, 2011

My Favorite "Tearoom" Salad

I LOVE salad & probably could eat one for lunch everyday!  The roasted pecans & the dressing for this salad are from Southern Living.  Add whatever you like in your salad, but definitely try the pecans because they are so good.  You may want to double or triple the dressing & the pecans to have  on hand for another day.   This salad rivals any that you'd get in a fancy tearoom.    Make sure you make the Roasted Pecans first.  Here's the recipe:

For the salad

mixed salad greens
sliced purple cabbage
sliced strawberries (I also like blackberries & blueberries)
cubed avocado
blue cheese, crumbled (or goat cheese is delicious)
diced ham or chicken
Add whatever ingredients YOU love (onion, bacon, etc.)
Roasted Pecans, a few to sprinkle on  (recipe below)

Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl; toss well.


1/4 cup oil (I like Canola)
2 T. raspberry vinegar (I often sub balsamic)
1 1/2 t. sugar (I use 1 1/2 pkts of Splenda)
1/8 t. salt
freshly ground pepper

Combine oil and remaining ingredients in a jar.  Covers tightly & shake.  Pour over enough to coat your salad; save the rest for another time.

Roasted Pecans

1 T. butter
2 T. sugar
1 T. orange juice
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. ground red pepper (only if you like a little heat; if not, omit)
1 cup pecan halves

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; stir in sugar & next 3 ingredients.  Add pecans, stirring to coat.  Spread pecans on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring very 5 minutes.  Cool completely.  Sprinkle a few on your salad & store the remainder in the fridge for another salad.

Now enjoy a delicious salad for lunch or dinner!


  1. Kitty...can I say that this has to be one of the FAV posts I have seen in a long time. I adore this salad recipe and agree it would be so great in a tea room. With your permission I would like to add a link to this page on my Recipe page under the tea recipe heading. GREAT!

  2. Thanks for linking up!!! How GREAT! I added a link to this on my Recipes page!

  3. Love Salads..... we would love for you to link these up to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party, theme this week is "FUN SUMMER RECIPES".... hope you come on by and link up!

  4. What a yummy and pretty salad! Can't wait to try it this summer!


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