~ By Dixie Andelin Forsyth
This is an original recipe I developed over several years. The reason I call this Fascinating Strawberry salad is because it’s SO GOOD. I have served it for years to lots of people and I’m always surprised at how delicious it is. I hope you love it as much as we do!
Don’t be intimidated by making your own salad dressing and candied nuts. You don’t have to make the nuts—you can buy them-- but they are so easy, I almost always make them. The raspberry vinegar makes such a difference. It’s so simple to make and once it’s made, it just waits patiently in your fridge until the next time Fascinating Strawberry salad calls out to you to make it again.
For an entrée salad, just add grilled chicken or shrimp or…buy a rotisserie chicken, shred or chop and add to this yummy salad.
For the Salad:
1 head of Romaine lettuce, washed, drained and chopped in small pieces.
4 green onions, chopped small
1 cup of candied pecans (recipe below) or you can buy them.
1 pint strawberries, rinsed and sliced
Raspberry salad dressing made with homemade raspberry vinegar—recipes below:
Raspberry Salad Dressing:
¾ cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup raspberry vinegar (Recipe below)
Whisk all ingredients together and refrigerate until time to eat. Taste and adjust vinegar and sugar if desired. Toss enough with salad to moisten and serve.
1 bottle of white wine vinegar
1 pint of fresh raspberries
This is SO EASY to make! Put vinegar into a glass jar. Add raspberries. The vinegar should just come to the top of the raspberries. Put lid on and set aside for a few days until the vinegar turns a beautiful red/pink. After that, refrigerate for another week and then strain raspberries out, put your raspberry vinegar in a jar and store in the refrigerator. Sometimes I put a whole bottle of raspberry extract into the vinegar to bump up the flavor. This vinegar smells amazing. I find this one recipe makes a lot of strawberry salad.
1 cup pecans
¼ cup white sugar
It’s so easy to make candied nuts. Can you believe that there are only 2 ingredients? Put the nuts in a dry non-stick pan and heat until sugar melts. That's it. Pour nuts onto parchment paper and cool.
My daughter Lisa taught me how to do it after she went to culinary school. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t been making my own candied nuts all these years. You could substitute other nuts such as walnuts or almonds, of course. The method is exactly the same.
NOTE: I made this salad so I could take a photo for the blog but discovered, with some dismay, that I was out of strawberries! I did have raspberries though and happily, they are also wonderful in this recipe. But I still prefer strawberries. Bob was talking about how good it was all evening.