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Pink Dressing Salad

Pink Dressing Salad
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Are you ready for THE best salad post of the year? Are you in need of a salad that is going to knock the socks off your guests? 
You just better hope they have clean feet,
is all I can say ’cause those socks are comin’ off.
This  salad is going to be your good friend.
I never take it anywhere,
that people don’t ask for the recipe
 while they’re putting their socks back on. 
It’s one of those recipes. 
The homemade dressing comes together in a flash and is a beautiful shade of pink. The actual salad ingredients are very basic and include Romain Lettuce, Bacon, Mozzarella Cheese, Craisins and Sugared Almonds. Sound too simple to be delicious?
 Just you wait, Henry Higgins, just you wait.
The dressing is absolutely FABULOUS!
 I got this recipe from a family member a few years ago and have been making it ever since. So has my Mom, my Sisters and several of my friends. You won’t be disappointed! It is a wonderful addition to any luncheon, party or potluck. 
Pink Dressing Salad
Yield: 12-15 servings
Time: 20 minutes
Recipe from my cousin Pam Corry
Salad:
2 heads romaine lettuce (or 3 Romaine Hearts), chopped
1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled
1 C craisins
1 C shredded Mozzarella cheese
Dressing:
1/4 red onion, chopped
1 C sugar
2 t dry mustard
1 t salt
1/2 C red wine vinegar
1 C canola oil (or vegetable oil….NOT olive oil)
Sugared Almonds:
1 1/2 C almonds, coarsely chopped (I get mine in a big bag at Costco)
1/4 C white sugar
1. Chop your almonds up coarsely. I use a mini food processor.
2. Place the almonds in a large skillet and sprinkle the sugar over the top. Turn the heat to medium. Stir them around occasionally. The sugar will start to melt and caramelize. When this happens keep stirring the nut mixture scraping the bottom of the pan each time. You don’t want the sugar to sit very long in one spot or it will start to burn. When the almonds and sugar have turned a nice golden color remove the pan from the heat and pour the nuts onto a cookie sheet to cool.
3. To make the dressing place the chopped red onion, sugar, dry mustard, salt and red wine vinegar in your blender.
4. Place the lid on and blend for just 30 seconds or so. You should be able to take the lid off without everything spraying all over you. Pour the canola oil into the blender a little at a time while the blender is running. When all of the oil has been added, put the lid on and let it blend for about 1 minute.
5. Just before you serve the salad toss the Romaine lettuce, cheese, bacon, and craisins in a large bowl. Pour the dressing on top, add the nuts and toss again.
There you have it….warn your guests to come with clean feet and you will be having a splendid time!
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11 Comments

  1. 1
    March 26, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Too funny Jamie. This is just like the salad I shared a little bit ago. I got the recipe from my Aunt. My my Aunt knows your family member. My Aunt lives near you.

  2. 2
    March 26, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Sorry my keyboard was giving me grief that was suppose to say Maybe my Aunt knows your family member.

  3. 3
    March 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Sounds delicious. Question where did you get the cute plate the salad is served on?

  4. 4
    March 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Ellen,
    Hold on to your hat and start to save your pennies……
    I got the plate for $1 at Walmart. It's part of their new Spring Better Homes and Gardens collection. They have all kinds of spring colors. Hope they have some at your Walmart!
    ~Jamie

  5. 5
    March 28, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Wow this looks amazing and I LOVE the bowl!

  6. 6
    March 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    This looks great Jamie! I love all of the ingredients!

  7. 7
    March 29, 2010 at 12:58 am

    This would definitely be a winner at a baby or bridal shower. Pink Salad Dressing sounds delicious.

    Thanks to Mommy's Kitchen for providing a link.

  8. 8
    July 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Delicious! Just made it yesterday for a family get together. My mother-in-law told me not to bring anything because it was my b-day, but I have been wanting to try this salad with lettuce from my garden, so I told her I was bringing a salad. Not one tiny speck of bacon or cheese was left! And I was hoping for some leftovers. Guess I'll just have to make it again.

  9. 9
    July 19, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Amy,
    WOO!HOO! So glad your family liked it!
    ~Jamie

  10. 10
    Anonymous
    November 16, 2011 at 5:59 am

    how do you print these recipes?

  11. 11
    November 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Anonymous,
    Thanks for making me aware that this recipe was missing the print button. Some of my earlier posts don't have it. I added it for you. Good luck!
    ~Jamie

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