Cowgirl Salad

I don't know where salads get their names from, but this one is inspired by one I had in a restaurant, so I'll call it by the same name. You can add chicken to it, but it's a wonderful lunch served with Judy's Savory Cheddar Scones.

Ingredients: (for 2 extra large or 4 medium salads)

  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage 
  • 1 cup cooked edamame beans (cook 5 minutes in minimum amount of water)
  • 1 cup dates, chopped
  • 1 cups candied walnuts*
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup feta cheese
Sweet Vinaigrette Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried cilantro or parsley (or fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Layer salad ingredients in a large bowl or on indivitual plates.
  2. Whisk or shake all dressing ingredients together.
  3. Drizzle on top or mix into salad. 

*To make candied walnuts: Place nuts in a small fry pan. Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons brown sugar. Stir over medium heat until sugar melts and sticks to nuts. Remove to a small bowl to cool. 


  1. I had edamame (pron. "ed-a-mommy") for the first time on Easter Sunday. I liked it! Your recipe sounds good and I will try it.

  2. Your recipe sounds delicious. I love fruit in my green salads but never thought of adding dates and the combo of dates and feta cheese sounds truly wonderful!!

  3. The cowboy salad at Browns is my FAVOURITE! But then again, you and I have many of the same favourites! Looking forward to trying your version.

  4. My new salad to try for next week. Looks Yummy!

  5. I think I'll like this version too! I need to add freeze dried cilantro to my grocery list. So many recipes call for cilantro and I never have it on hand! I have learned to love it's flavour.

  6. Thanks for the candied walnuts recipe - I have always wondered how "they" do that!