Raspberry Salad

The Raspberry Salad at Nucci’s Pizza in San Luis Obispo is one of my favorite salads of all time! It has candied walnuts, sliced green apples, blue cheese and a tangy raspberry dressing. I decided it was time to recreate that wonderful raspberry salad at home. Fresh raspberries are the key to making the dressing. It’s fruity, sweet and tangy and easier to make than I would have guessed!

RASPBERRY SALAD RECIPE

 

Candied Walnuts

1 cup chopped walnuts

3 TBSP sugar

1 tsp butter

Combine nuts, sugar and butter in a small skillet. Heat on medium until the sugar begins to melt. Stir the nuts to coat and pour out onto foil or waxed paper to separate and cool. Watch for smoke – that means the sugar is burning and you should reduce the heat!

 

Raspberry Dressing

raspberry dressing

Press the berries through a sieve to collect the juice.

2 packages (6 oz each) fresh raspberries

3 TBSP sugar

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil1 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp salt

Press fresh berries through a sieve using the back of a spoon. The collected juice will be approximately 1/2 cup.  Add remaining ingredients and whisk until combined.

Salad Fixings

Green or red leaf lettuce or Boston (butter) lettuce

Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola crumbles

Green Apples, thinly sliced

Assemble the salad ingredients, top with candied walnuts and drizzle with dressing! Enjoy!

 

 

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