Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cranberry Pecan Romaine Wedge Salad

Cranberry-Pecan Romaine Wedge Salad
After a really fun 12 mile bike ride, along the beautiful C&O Canal to the quaint little Civil War town of Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, we were famished!  We dove into a little cafe for lunch where I had a delicious salad similar to this one.  I love this salad combination of the cranberries, pecans and blue cheese!  Plus, it's really fast and easy enough for week night dinners and elegant enough for lunches and dinner parties.  Hope you enjoy!  

3 hearts of Romaine lettuce
3/4 cup chopped pecans 
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Blue Cheese Dressing
extra blue cheese, crumbled

Cut hearts of romaine in half lengthwise, giving you 6 romaine wedges.

Place romaine wedges on individual plates or on a platter.  Dress each romaine wedge with Blue Cheese Dressing, sprinkle chopped pecans and dried cranberries over the top and garnish with a little extra crumbled blue cheese.  

   Blue Cheese Dressing

I L-O-V-E this blue cheese dressing!  Believe me, you'll never go back to store bought dressing after this one!

1 ½ cups mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
½ lemon, squeezed
1 cup crumbled blue cheese 
½ cup milk
½ teaspoon coarse salt
 ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper to taste

In bowl of food processor or in blender, whip all ingredients together until smooth.  If needed, thin with a little milk.  Dressing may need thinning after refrigeration.
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