I'm so excited to share this salad with you all! It's about as easy as it gets, but there's something special about the flavor combinations happening here. It's inspired by a salad my mother in law makes. The ingredients aren't exotic or anything, but I wouldn't have known they played so well together until I TASTED it.
The most important components are the raspberry dressing, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and the french fried onions. The dressing gives an undeniable sweetness to the salad, but it's balanced with the tangy and savory blue cheese, the salty french fried onions, and the tart dried cranberries! The combination is truly perfect. All the right notes are hit!
As far as additions and substitutions, there are tons of options! My mother in law adds bacon (which is never a bad idea) and sunflower seeds. We oftentimes add grilled chicken breast when we're eating this salad as a dinner. Gorgonzola is wonderful in place of blue cheese, and feta will work as well, although I think the "stinky" component of blue and Gorgonzola helps balance the sweet ingredients. Fresh raspberries, strawberries, or even peaches would be great!
I personally like the "basics" of the salad to be on the mild side to let the other flavors shine, which is why I like romaine, tomato, and cucumber here, but feel free to put your spin on it! And the quantities listed below are really just guidelines; salad proportions are totally personal preference!
Mom's Sweet and Tangy Salad
Sweet raspberry dressing, tangy blue cheese, tart dried cranberries, and salty french fried onions create the perfect flavor combination in this easy and versatile salad!
- 2 Tbsp raspberry salad dressing (I like Ken's Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette)
- 2 Tbsp blue cheese
- 2 Tbsp dried cranberries
- 2 Tbsp french fried onions
- 1/4 cucumber (about 1/2 cup chopped)
- 1 tomato (about 1/2 cup chopped)
- 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 1/3 cup croutons
1. Rinse and chop the cucumber, tomato, and lettuce.2. Mix all ingredients together, and enjoy!
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 lunch/dinner sized salad or 3 side salads