Blue Cheese and Strawberry Salad with Sweet & Spicy Walnuts

Blue Cheese and Strawberry Salad with Sweet & Spicy Walnuts



Posted on July 30, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 9:59 PM

Blue Cheese and Strawberry Salad withSweet & Spicy Walnuts

4 cups of your favorite salad mix
Balsamic Vinaigrette(see recipe below)
½ cup crumbled Gorgonzola/Blue Cheese
2 oranges peeled and sectioned
2 cups fresh strawberries sliced
Sweet & Spicy Walnuts(see recipe below)

Toss salad mix with vinaigrette and ½ of the gorgonzola, oranges, strawberries, and pecans. Arrange on a large serving platter or individually 6 plates. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, oranges, strawberries, and pecans.

½ cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons honey
2-teaspoon fresh minced garlic
1/3 cup diced sweet onion
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup olive oil

In a food processor or blender, combine 1st seven ingredients. Gradually add in olive oil.

Sweet & Spicy Walnuts
¼ cup sugar
1 cup warm water
1 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Chile powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Stir together ¼ cup sugar and 1 cup warm water until sugar dissolves. Add walnuts: soak 10 minutes. Drain, discarding sugar mixture. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar, chili powder, and cayenne. Add walnuts, tossing to coat. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350  degrees for 10 minutes.