Serving this salad in cucumber rings as pictured will give you major presentation points for a special occasion
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
2 medium cucumbers, peeled
3 cups mixed baby greens
2 cooked thick-cut bacon slices halved
1/3 cup shredded or matchstick carrots
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
How to Make It
Step 1 Place chopped pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan.
Step 2 Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.
Step 3 Using a Y-shaped vegetable peeler, cut cucumbers lengthwise into very thin strips just until seeds are visable. Discard cucumber core.
Step 4 Make a ring with the cucumber strips inside a small, see through glass bowl.
Step 5 Fill each cucumber ring evenly with mixed greens, next 3 ingredients, and toasted pecans. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle each salad with 1 Tablespoon White Wine Vinaigrette, and serve with remaining vinaigrette.
Step 6 Note: Y-shaped vegetable peelers can be found at most kitchen, home goods and discount store.
White Wine Vinaigrette
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
How to Make It
Whisk together 1/4 cup white wine vinegar and next 3 ingredients until blended. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Whisk in salt and pepper to taste. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 1 week.
Makes 4 servings