This simple field green salad, dressed with a Dijon balsamic and loaded with creamy Gorgonzola, tart cranberries and crunchy sliced almonds, makes for a perfect side salad or main course meal!
A few years ago we went to Dewey Beach, DE, for vacation, and one night we had dinner at Claws Seafood House along the boardwalk. Soft shell crabs, stuffed flounder, surf & turf—it was all good, but not excellent. Worth the visit nevertheless. We East Coasters are picky about our seafood.
That said, before any of the entrees were served, at the very last minute when the server was just finishing up taking our order, my husband decided to order their house salad. Seems fairly benign, a house salad, right?
Best. House. Salad. EVER.
Definitely the star of the evening meal, by far.
And, there wasn’t anything particularly special about it: field greens, almonds, dried cranberries, bleu cheese, a light Dijon balsamic dressing. However, at that moment, it was the most perfect thing we could have been eating (and all four of us did end up sharing it).
I had to recreate this salad at home. AND, it was an excuse to visit Wegmans’ cheese section to pick out, as Ina Garten would say, “Good bleu cheese.”
Well worth it, friends!
- 1 bag mixed field greens (or fresh if you can find some at the farmers’ market!)
- ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup crumbled “good” mild bleu cheese, like Gorgonzola
- For the dressing:
- ¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Gently toss the field greens, almonds, cranberries and Gorgonzola cheese in a large bowl.
- In a small container with a tight-fitting lid, combine the balsamic vinaigrette and the Dijon mustard. Shake the container vigorously for 30 seconds to make sure the mustard fully incorporates with the vinaigrette.
- Add 2 tablespoons of the dressing to the salad, toss and then continue to add dressing, a tablespoon at a time, until it’s the way you like.
- Be careful not to overuse the dressing; you don’t want the salad to be soupy – and you can save any extra in the fridge to use another time!
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