Mary's Best-Ever Salad ~ Gorgonzola, Apple, Cherries, Pecans & Bacon Salad with Sweet Balsamic Dressing

MARY'S Best-Ever SalaD


Ingredients
  • 1 bag spring salad mix 
  • 1 bag romaine 
  • 3 oz bag of Oscar Mayer real bacon (Best to make your own bacon - but I almost always cheat - applewood smoked bacon is awesome with this salad)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1 large granny smith apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans or almonds
  • 5 oz  Gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbled
Directions
Clean lettuce, place in large bowl and top with ingredients - toss.  

Tips
  • You can add more or less of each ingredient - do what you prefer.  
  • Chop the apple right before serving to prevent it from browning.  
  • To toast almonds or pecans - place in skillet on medium high heat, stirring until they are toasted.
  • If you plan on serving the entire salad, go ahead and add the dressing a little at a time, blending until you reach desired amount.  If not, keep dressing separate and add individually.
  • This salad is great with grilled chicken tossed on top for a meal.

MARY'S SWEET BALSAMIC DRESSING 

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons good balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard (or a little squeeze of yellow or Grey Poupon mustard)
  • Few twists of fresh cracked pepper Or use 1/8 tsp of reg ground pepper
Directions
Whisk all the ingredients together, until sugar and oil are blended.  It takes a few minutes for the oil and sugar to blend.  Keep whisking....it will blend.
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