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December 19, 2011

Holly Berry Salad

The perfect crisp holiday salad with colors that resonate this festive time of year!

Holly Berry Salad
This salad made its first appearance at Thanksgiving this year and everyone LOVED the unique dressing and crisp taste. After making it I realized it would be the perfect complement to a Christmas Eve or Day meal. The colors are rich with holiday cheer and the fresh toppings set the stage for a delicious meal. 

Serves: 4-6
Takes about 30 minutes to prepare

Salad Ingredients

5 cups leaf lettuce- romaine, red leaf, or green lead OR ALL 3!
4 oz. goat cheese
1 pear, red or green, sliced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 caramelized walnuts
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Balsamic- Maple Vinaigrette Dressing

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 teaspoons maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons cold water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 garlic powder

1. Place leaf lettuce in a large serving bowl.
2. Toss pear slices in lemon juice and place in a circle on the outer edge of the bowl.
3. Crumble goat cheese in the middle of the pear ring.
4. Sprinkle caramelized walnuts and pomegranate seeds on top.
5. In medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together olive oik through garlic powder.
6. Just before you are ready to serve salads while whisking, drizzle vinaigrette over salad. Toss before being plated.


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