Thursday, July 16, 2009

Raspberry Clubhouse Salad

This salad is simply a summertime version of several salads that I enjoy. Since the raspberries are plentiful at this time of the year...they are showing up in everything from desserts to salads around here...and it's all good! Mixed greens, crumbled feta, red onion, caramelized pecans and raspberries...combined with the sweet and sour tang of raspberry vinaigrette...make for a delightful summer lunch.

Layer the following ingredients on individual salad plates:

  • mixed greens
  • sliced red onion
  • feta cheese, crumbled
  • real crumbled bacon (optional)
  • caramelized pecans (*see note)
  • fresh raspberries

Drizzle with raspberry vinaigrette (recipe below)....and enjoy on a sunny summer day!


Raspberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinegar (**see note)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

Blend raspberry vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and honey...slowly add olive oil and blend well.

*To caramelize pecans, combine 1/2 cup pecans with 2 Tablespoons sugar in a large frying pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar melts to a golden syrup and roasts the pecans (about 5 minutes). Turn onto parchment paper; cool and break into pieces.

**To make your own raspberry vinegar, combine 2 cups fresh raspberries with 2 cups of white vinegar in a glass jar with tight fitting lid. Mash raspberries slightly with handle of wooden spoon; store in refrigerator for one week...shaking jar daily. After seven days, strain the liquid and use in your favorite gourmet dressings. Store in refrigerator.

9 comments:

  1. those are ENORMOUS BERRIES!
    send some over would ya!
    oh I can hardly wait for my dad's rasberries to be ready here.
    This will be a good recipe to try.
    With the berries not being as plentyful here, I wouldn't use them to make my own raspberry vinegar, but put more into the salad:^D
    this is such a nice idea.

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  2. This is a recipe I want to try..once my raspberries are ripe. I check them daily.

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  3. Well, this is what my hubby would call "woman salad", but I really like salads like this. I left you an award today, if you'd like to pick it up.

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  4. I was going to make some raspberry vinegrette the other day and then didn't because I had not ture and tried recipe .. .and now. . I do. .your salad looks fantastic.

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  5. This is on my menu for this weekend.
    What else can we say about Raspberries. Those are the biggest ones I've ever see.

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  6. This recipe looks fantastic. Raspberries are my favorite fruit and I know I'm going to be eating a lot of this salad. I'm especially interested in the dressing too - I make one with Raspberry Vinegar, maple syrup and a few other ingredients, but this way looks much easier and tastier.

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  7. We used to stay at this lodge every so often just for a night or two and they had the best raspberry vinaigrette dressing! I'd drive about an hour every couple of months to go there and buy more. Well that got old pretty fast. Now...voila! I can make my own - I can't wait to try this!!!! :)

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  8. Have you ever tried making the dressing with strawberries? I don't know why, but raspberries and my taste buds don't like one another. :(

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  9. I love salads, I LOVE raspberries.. how great to put them together. I could eat your photo right off the screen!

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