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Spectacular Dirty Martini Salad

 Spectacular Dirty Martini Salad
I like to dress up simple greens with a unique olive dressing. Serving the salad in martini glasses and the dressing in a shot glass makes for a fun presentation.—Pamela Clark, Bonaire, Georgia
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium lemon
  • 8 pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 8 frilled toothpicks
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) spring mix salad greens
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • DRESSING:
  • 1 shallot, halved
  • 6 pimiento-stuffed olives plus 1/4 cup juice from the jar, divided
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vodka or additional white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup olive oil

Directions

  • Cut lemon in half lengthwise; cut one half into eight thin wedges.
  • Thread olives and lemon wedges onto toothpicks for garnishes; set
  • aside.
  • Using the lemon half, moisten the rims of eight large cocktail

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Spectacular Dirty Martini Salad (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • glasses. Sprinkle salt on a plate; hold glasses upside down and dip
  • rims into salt. Divide the salad greens, tomatoes, onion and sliced
  • olives among prepared glasses. Top each with a prepared toothpick.
  • In a food processor, combine shallot and olives; cover and process
  • until finely chopped. Add the vinegar, vodka, olive juice and lemon
  • juice; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually
  • add oil in a steady stream. Divide among eight shot glasses; serve
  • with salads. Yield: 8 servings.
To Make Ahead: Prepare salad dressing up to a week in advance; mix well before serving. Prepare cocktail glasses and garnishes before guests arrive; cover and refrigerate garnishes until serving.
Nutritional Facts: 1 salad with 3 tablespoons dressing (calculated without salt) equals 306 calories, 30 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 358 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein.