I first enjoyed this salad at a church potluck and has since become a Thanksgiving tradition at my house. I've made some adjustments to the original recipe to please my vegetarian friends, but you can add cooked chicken. For a complete meal, add 3 cooked and shredded chicken breasts to salad mix.—Cheryl Peterman, Prescott, Arizona
1/2 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons sugar
4 cups torn leaf lettuce
4 cups torn romaine
2 celery ribs, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
1 medium apple, chopped
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, optional
In a small heavy skillet over medium-low heat, stir almonds and sugar until sugar is melted and almonds are coated. Cool on waxed paper. Break apart and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, romaine, celery, onions and cranberries. Add oranges and apple.
In a small bowl, whisk the oil, sugar, vinegar, parsley, salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad; toss to coat. Sprinkle with almonds and blue cheese if desired.
Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Cornucopia Salad in Taste of Home A+ Recipes from Schools Across America
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