Not-Your-Ordinary Fruit Salad
(makes enough for 1 large family-style salad, 2 large entree salads, 4 side salads, or 6 appetizer salads)
4 cups red leaf lettuce any sweeter lettuce (about 1/2 head)
4 cups escarole or a bitter/strong lettuce (about 1/2 head)
1 medium carrot
1/2 red apple (Ambrosia or Pink Lady are delicious choices)
1/2 ripe avocado
2 green onions
3 to 4 sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
6 green olives with or without pimento
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I only had mild and it was still delicious)
Serve with Ranch Dressing or Balsamic Vinaigrette
Note: this recipe can easily be doubled for a large dinner party
1) Gather and wash all the salad ingredients.
2) Tear lettuce by hand into bite sized pieces. Chop the next six ingredients into bite sized pieces: carrot, apple, avocado, scallions, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives.
3) Optional: add shredded cheddar cheese, grilled chicken, and/or crumbled baked bacon.
4) Top with your favorite ranch dressing or balsamic vinaigrette. This is my new favorite balsamic vinaigrette. Mix the following ingredients in a jar and shake well.
For the Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/2 cup quality olive oil
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of quality balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of dijon mustard (I only had regular yellow and it was still delicious)