I have to say that this is one of the most unique and delicious salads that I have ever prepared. I brought it to a turkey dinner with friends, and got plenty of compliments. It's a good winter salad with lots of flavors that compliment a holiday-like meal (turkey, ham, etc).
Ok, so I did change a couple things. One out of necessity and another to save time:
I could not find the specified cheese in the grocery, so I substituted with feta. The feta worked very well with the other flavors. I suppose I could have bought a different blue cheese, but was not sure of my friends preferences, however I love blue cheese, and it would have worked well with the salad.
Another change, I bought pre-glazed nuts, instead of glazing them myself. This was out of pure laziness, but no one noticed the difference until I was asked, and had to fess up. :)
I made the salad in the morning before work, and served it that evening. A tip from a friend about making salads ahead: dressing on the bottom, toppings like meat and other veggies put in next, the lettuce and finally cheese. Then toss before serving. This keeps the lettuce from wilting, and nicely marinates the other ingredients. Good tip huh?
Make this salad exactly as told. You will not be disappointed! It would also work as a meal on it's own, with some chicken, turkey, or ham mixed in.
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