I was on salad duty for a NYE party and knew that for the crowd I'd be serving, romaine with a few tomatoes and some ranch dressing wouldn't fly. So I found this recipe and gave it a shot. After reading the majority of reviews, I decided that I'd reduce the sugar to 1/3 cup. I omitted the poppy seeds as I don't like them and toasted the sesame seeds and then the almonds in a dry pan. Dry toasting gives nuts & seeds incredible flavor, but be careful not to burn them or they'll turn bitter. I used just over a cup of Craisins and pre-packaged salad in a variety of types - mixed greens and lettuces. I pre-made the dressing sans oil, packed everything separately and just put it together at the party and dressed the salad there. I was really nervous as this was a blind recipe I'd never tried before. Personally, I found it much too sweet for my taste, but everyone LOVED it! It was almost entirely gone.
Be sure to state to everyone you're serving that there are almonds in the salad. I had two guests that were allergic to walnuts but almonds turned out to be fine. It was something I just hadn't considered, so definitely be aware. Anyone can throw a salad together with a bottled dressing. But people obviously really like this salad WITH the dressing recipe given, so I'd recommend people try making the dressing.
Oh, and dress the salad initially using 3/4 of the dressing. Using the whole amount seemed like way too much and it wilts fast.
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I was on salad duty for a NYE party and knew that for the crowd I'd be serving, romaine with a...