Thanksgiving Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

The first Thanksgiving I spent with my husband’s family, his Aunt Nancy made a salad very similar to this. It was delicious, but I can’t for the life of me remember what dressing she used, I think maybe bottled Italian. She also used lettuce, but I swapped it out for spinach and suddenly blue cheese and spinach became one of my new favorite flavor combinations. The spinach begins to wilt pretty quickly, especially with the mandarin oranges in this salad, so dress right before serving.

Nancy’s Thanksgiving Salad (almost)
serves 6
1/4 cup diced white or red onion
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
7 ounce can mandarin orange segments, drained
6 cups baby spinach leaves, washed and dried
1 batch blue cheese vinaigrette (see below)

  1. Put onion, pomegranate seeds, blue cheese and spinach in your serving bowl and mix well.
  2. Right before serving dress the salad and scatter the mandarin oranges over the top.

 

Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
makes about 1/2 cup
8 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or your favorite clear vinegar, red makes this very ugly)
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon oregano (fresh), chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

As usual with most of my dressing recipes, the directions are simply: combine all the ingredients and mix well. I don’t recommend this one for the mason jar method because the blue cheese clumps up and you want to use a spoon to blend some of the smaller bits with the liquid to thicken it up a bit, but leave some of the bigger chunks for texture.

 

This was originally published last year on my¬† Soup or Salad Blog, but I thought I’d post it over here this year. This dressing is by far the most popular salad dressing I’ve published to date. I love it so much. I often make a half batch and throw it on some leftover chicken and mix with spinach and whatever berries we have on hand, grapes even.

 

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2 Responses to “Thanksgiving Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette”

  1. Suzanne says:

    Do you buy pomegranate seeds on their own? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in my grocery store, but they sound delicious.

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    Amy Reply:

    I do. They come in a little plastic tub in the fall. I used to only be able to find them at Trader Joe’s, but our Vons (Safeway) had them last year so I would think most non-specialty stores would have them. I buy a tub and put them in everything for a week. Pomegranate seeds are super yummy tossed in a glass of champagne, too.

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