This is a very tasty salad; a swanky version of a regular everyday salad. The addition of blue cheese and dried cranberries give it something special. Wherever it is brought people always ask for the recipe!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Layer the romaine lettuce with the cucumber, grape tomatoes, pecans, cranberries, and blue cheese in a large salad bowl. Dress the salad with the balsamic vinaigrette before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

258 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 19g; fat 19.9g; cholesterol 8.4mg; sodium 519.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2007
I made this salad with a couple adjustments. I didn't have cuke so I added some sliced red onion and also some apple chunks. It is now my absolute fave summer salad. Try adding blueberries also it's a great salad for fruit and the balsamic tastes great with it all! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/06/2009
Ok - made it for a dinner party. I used feta instead of blue cheese. Maybe that is what made it so-so. But those toasted walnuts were the bomb! Read More
(11)
47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2007
I made this salad with a couple adjustments. I didn't have cuke so I added some sliced red onion and also some apple chunks. It is now my absolute fave summer salad. Try adding blueberries also it's a great salad for fruit and the balsamic tastes great with it all! Read More
(59)
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2008
Really nice flavors. I did add more cranberries - personal preference. Once the balsamic vinaigrette is gone I'm going to use raspberry vinaigrette on the salad instead. I bought good blue cheese & I really liked it better than the cheaper stuff. Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2009
Very Very Good. Consider altering the ratio fo cheese and cranberries to romaine hearts I halved the greens so as to get more blue cheese and cranberry goodness in each bite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2007
Try pistachios instead of pecans. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2008
This is an amazing salad! I personally don't add the cucumbers and walnuts. The combination of tomato blue cheese and cranberry works so well together sometimes i just skip the lettuce and eat that by itself! I use oil and red wine vinegar as my dressing and the flavor is perfect. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2008
Everyone loved this salad. I made this with a Cranberry/Orange Pork Tenderloin recipe and this came out more flavorful. Good combination. Cranberries toasted nuts & blue cheese are great with the balsamic. A diner was hesistant to eat it because he doesn't like balsamic/oil based dressings but he was pleasantly surprised by the blend and had seconds. Great simple work free salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
This was so delicious it almost didn't need vinaigrette. I had no grape tomatoes so cut up small hothouse tomatoes instead. I also used the bulk spring salad greens as well as some romain hearts. Then I made a simple salad dressing of a very aged balsamic vinegar (which has an amazing sweet flavour) and a gourmet orange olive oil salt and pepper and that made the salad perfect. I recommend you use a high quality vinaigrette or high quality ingredients to make your own. Be careful not to burn your pecans when you toast them in the cast iron pan! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/06/2009
Ok - made it for a dinner party. I used feta instead of blue cheese. Maybe that is what made it so-so. But those toasted walnuts were the bomb! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2010
I love this fresh tasting salad! It is the perfect salad for the hot summer months. I don't always have pecans on hand and use whatever nuts I have on hand pumpkin seeds usually but roasted almonds are a good crunchy choice too! Read More
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