Friday, September 14, 2012

Gourmet Green Salad with Homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette

Gourmet Green Salad with Homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette

Salad:
10-12 cups mixed greens
1 pound white button mushrooms, sliced
2 ripe, fresh pears, sliced thinly
1/4 cup thinly sliced Parmesan cheese
1 large carrot thinly sliced
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
5-7 slices of bacon, cooked and coarsely chopped
3 cups of homemade croutons

Put mixed greens in a large salad bowl. Top with other ingredients and toss. Serve with red wine vinaigrette dressing below.

Red Wine Vinaigrette:
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup red onions, finely grated
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons salt
ground pepper to taste
2 cups canola oil

Add all ingredients except oil in a blender. Blend well. While processing, slowly add the canola oil and blend well.

*This is the perfect time of year to buy Mason jars to keep your dressings in. I pour my dressings into the Mason jar and use a dry erase marker to write the date I made it on the top of the jar. I usually keep dressing for 2 weeks before I throw it out. The genius part of the dry erase marker is that when you wash the jar - the date easily washes off! Ta-da!!

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