Monday, September 20, 2010

Fruit and Nut Salad

If you read my taco salad post, you may remember that I used my egg slicer to slice olives.  I have also found that this is the perfect tool for slicing strawberries.  Whether I am making a strawberry dessert or this scrumptious fruit and nut salad, the egg slicer is just the thing for quickly slicing a lot of strawberries.


The creamy tartness of feta or blue cheese is a great contrast to the sweetness of the fruit and dressing.  I personally prefer feta over blue cheese and always buy it in a block rather than crumbled.  A block is cheaper per ounce and gives you the option of feta cubes or crumbles.  Also, a block of feta has a longer shelf-life than crumbled feta.  I never use a whole block at one time, so I cut it into smaller portions and freeze them for later use.

To serve this as a side salad, simply omit the chicken.

Fruit and Nut Salad
Choose desired ingredients from the lists below.  Place a bed of greens on each plate.  Add desired toppings.  Drizzle with dressing.  Note:  Ingredients marked with * are the ones in the pictured salad.

Green leaf lettuce
Red lettuce

Strawberries, sliced*
Grapes, halved*
Applies, diced
Kiwi, diced
Mandarin orange slices
Avocado, diced
Dried cranberries

Walnuts, chopped*
Almonds, sliced or slivered
Pecans, chopped
Pine nuts

Chicken, chopped*
Bacon, cooked and chopped

Feta, crumbled*
Blue cheese, crumbled

Balsamic vinaigrette*
Raspberry walnut

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