The fifth week of the Reddit cooking challenge gave us the theme of Vanilla. Mike and I talked it over, and decided to do a more savory application for this challenge. Instead of doing cookies or some other type of dessert, we made a fancy ass salad with a delicious vanilla-pear vinaigrette.
I took the recipe from here for the dressing. It was super simple and the flavor was fantastic.
Not much of a recipe with this one, but here you go!
Fancy Salad w/Vanilla Pear Vinaigrette
Makes 2 big salads or 4 small ones
1 bag spring mix lettuce
¼ cup dried cranberries
½ cup walnuts
1 roma tomato, diced
½ red onion, sliced
In a saute pan, toast the walnuts until they are really aromatic and golden brown. Keep a close eye on them, one second they are toasted, the next they are burnt and completely inedible. I speak from experience!
Combine the spring mix, cranberries, walnuts, tomato, onion and dressing in a large bowl and toss to combine.
Save the leftover dressing. The recipe makes a pretty fair amount and is just as good on a fresh salad the next day!