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Luncheon Salad with Pretty in Pink Dressing

by Laura

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone!  Now I know that I have shared several ideas for St. Patty’s as far as dinner and dessert, but this could still qualify today for your green celebration because this is a leafy green salad.  However, this recipe is also perfect to serve at a bridal or baby shower, especially a baby girl shower.  It is even excellent as a main dish or side to a regular dinner at home.  This recipe comes from one of my aunts.  It is a very versatile salad.  You can adjust it as you like.  You can add chicken to make a heartier salad or leave it out.  Either way it is delicious.  The recipe also makes a ton, but can be easily adjusted to a smaller scale.  I  love that the dressing it ends up being a beautiful pink color thanks to some purple onion and red wine vinegar.  Yummy!

Luncheon Salad with Pretty in Pink Dressing

  • 1 bag romaine lettuce
  • 2 bags Mediterranean salad mix (can do one of these bags as spinach)
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2-1 pd. cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 cup roasted slivered almonds (I used Butter Toffee Glazed Almond Accents)
  • 6 cooked chicken breast that have been marinated in teriyaki, diced (or you can leave the chicken out which is what I did this time)

Additional mix ins:

  • craisins
  • diced red apple
  • extra almonds

Toss ingredients together and serve with Pretty In Pink Dressing.
Pretty in Pink Dressing
In a blender add:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion

Turn on blender and through opening in blender lid slowly add 1 cup canola while blending.  Blend until onion is all chopped into dressing and is well blended with the oil.
If I had to guess this should serve at least 18 people.

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9 comments

Tulia June 25, 2010 - 2:05 pm

Thank you for the great idea, pink is my daughters favorite color. This is great way to get her to eat salad.

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kashif June 11, 2010 - 2:00 pm

Very Nice Article. I really like this.

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Sherri April 29, 2010 - 2:33 pm

Oooh, I made this for a work pot-luck today. I premade the dressing and was able to bring all the other prepped ingredients and quickly toss together just before lunch time.
I was interested to see whether my all-male coworkers would go along with the salad. It’s full of goodies and surprises and I’m happy to report, THEY LOVED IT.
I cut the sugar in half because 1 cup terrorized me. It made a beautiful presentation. I will be serving this at a baby shower next month.
Many thanks Laura!

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Ryan April 26, 2010 - 8:46 pm

This looks yummy. I am so glad I found this site. It is a little late for St. Patty’s day for me now, but maybe I will make it for Sunday dinner.

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Patty March 18, 2010 - 6:53 pm

Shouldn’t that be pretty green dressing ;)? Looks lovely, can’t wait to try it out!

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Sarah March 17, 2010 - 6:44 pm

This salad is so pretty. I love the names as well.

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Barbara March 17, 2010 - 4:20 pm

Wish you could come and cook at my house.

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Jane March 17, 2010 - 7:13 am

Looks great! I’m going to keep this in mind for my next large gathering. Thanks!

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Ed Schenk March 17, 2010 - 6:36 am

Beautiful salad. Nice and fresh looking!

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