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Festive Tossed Salad (serves 12)

Submitted by Villa Resident: Iris Andrews

Iris says, “This is great to take to holiday parties and potlucks!”

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup of sugar
1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
12 cups torn mixed salad greens
¾ cup dried cranberries
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese

¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ cup loosely packed fresh parsley sprigs
¼ cup chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a skillet, cook and stir pecans in butter until toasted, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, coarsely ground pepper and salt.
  3. In a large salad bowl, toss the greens, cranberries, blue cheese and seasoned pecans.
  4. Place the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth.
  5. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftover dressing.