August 2, 2008

Great Summer Salad w/ Great Homemade Dressing/Marinade

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 small bag spinach or baby greens mix
1 green onion, chopped all the way from white to green
1/2 carton strawberries, sliced
1/2 c. almonds, chopped
1/2 c. mozzarella, shredded
1-2 TBS. butter
1 TBS. sugar

Wash, chop and refrigerate greens. Slice onion and strawberries. Place butter in pan with chopped almonds. Coat with sugar until sugar carmelizes on nuts. Place sugared almonds in a bowl with greens, onions and strawberries. Cover with dressing (recipe below - I only use about 1/4 of the dressing and save the rest for later). Toss with mozzarella. If you need more bulk, you can add grilled chicken to this salad. We like it with and without.

1 whole strawberry, large
3 green onions
3/4 c. olive oil
2/4 c. white vinegar
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. mustard
1/2 tsp. poppy seeds (optional)
Mix in blender until smooth. Pour desired amount over salad.

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