I love salads. Almost any kind, but most especially green, leafy salads. It is hard to find something unique in a green salad, but recently I did! Try this one for some fresh, zesty goodness. You won't be disappointed!
Chopped romaine lettuce
Candied pecans (directions below)
Cooked, crispy, chopped bacon
balsamic vinegarette (recipe below)
Candied Pecans: Chop 2 cups of pecan, Melt 1/2 cup of butter, Add pecans to butter, Add 1 cup of sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. of salt to pecans, Melt sugar until mixture has a carmel color, Spread coated pecans onto a greased cookie sheet, Sprinkle with sugar, Leave until cooled and then crack into small pieces.
Balsamic Vinegarette: Mix these items well with a blender--1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2/3 cup white (or regular) balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup of sour cream or mayo, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1 teaspoon ground mustard, 1 pinch salt, ground black pepper to taste (If it is too tangy for you add a bit of brown sugar or honey)
Salad: Layer salad with items listed above, lettuces on the bottom. DO NOT toss the salad, simply layer it. Serve with Balsamic vinegarette.
Would go well with grilled chicken and homemade bread to make it a meal or as a side to a meaty meal.