Friday, August 26, 2011

Autumn Chopped Salad

Yes...there is lettuce underneath all that goodness!

I had a few gals over for lunch today, and was wanting a salad of some type, and again, Pinterest was where I turned.  I am getting quite the collection of 'to try' recipes on there (see here for more!)

This recipe was really great.  I was a bit leery when it told me to combine 2 different salad dressings, but they actually worked really well together.  The combo of ingredients was great, and anything with feta I am usually up for!  Enjoy.

Autumn Chopped Salad

6 to 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce (2-3 heads of romaine, eyeball it to your taste)
3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced (not in original recipe, I added it because I served it as an entree)
2 medium pears, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
8 slices thick-cut bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
4 to 6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
Poppy seed Salad Dressing, your favorite brand
Balsamic Vinaigrette, your favorite brand

On a large platter, combine the lettuce, pears, cranberries, pecans, bacon and feta cheese. Drizzle generously with poppy seed dressing, followed by some of the balsamic vinaigrette. (I would estimate that I used about a cup of dressing: 70 percent poppy seed dressing and 30 percent balsamic vinaigrette) If you prefer your salad to have more dressing, feel free to experiment with the combination.

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