Oh, hi. It’s been a while.
I know, we haven’t posted FOREVER. Okay, only a week, but it feels like it’s been a really, LONG week. Mostly because this week involved moving, and everyone hates moving. Us included.
But, in the end, it’s worth it. A little more space, a much bigger kitchen and room for guests.
But along with a week worth of packing, comes a week worth of eating out, grabbing pizza, an overall “unhealthy” week. So, we need to get back and track, and what better way than with a delicious salad?!
Let’s talk about this salad. If you have been to Cosi’s, you may have tried the Cosi Signature Salad. It changed my life. No joke. While I love everything Cosi, I do find it a little on the spendy side, so I love it when I can recreate it at home, which is why I love this even more!
I’m also really into making homemade salad dressings. My go-to is a simple balsamic vinaigrette, which goes great with most salads. This salad is a Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette, and is amazing!
It has so many complex flavors, especially from the combo of pistachios and blue cheese.
Freshness is delivered through red grapes and pears. The salad is both complex and simple, all at the same time. We have yet to get sick of this salad….even when we have it every day at lunch for a week!
- 8 ounces mixed greens
- 2 cups red grapes, sliced in half
- 2 pears, peeled, cored, and diced
- ⅔ cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
- ½ cup shelled pistachios
- 2 ounces blue cheese
- 1 medium shallot, minced (about 4 teaspoons)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup sherry vinegar (if you can't find sherry vinegar, substitute red wine vinegar)
- ½ cup olive oil
- To prepare the salad, combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
- Combine all dressing ingredients through the vinegar in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Whisking constantly, slowly pour olive oil into the vinegar mixture in a steady stream. Pour over salad and toss to combine.
- Serve immediately.
As a note, this serves 4 as a main dish or 8 as a starter salad.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker.