This salad is a great summer dish. Of course you can put your choice of protein on top, Ryan just happens to love Filet Mignon grilled. Since he is the man of the grill, he chooses the meat!
The salad dressing is to die for, I make a big batch and then keep for side salads through the week.
If you are trying to not eat a lot of meat like I have been doing lately, I made my own salad topped with mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes (from our garden), pecans, and blue cheese (or gorgonzola-whichever you have on hand). I am not sure why I didn't take a picture of my salad.... bummer!
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 Tbs dijon mustard
2-3 Tbs honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 small shallots, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup olive oil
Whisk together all of the ingredients except for the olive oil. Once everything is well blended, gradually begin to which in the olive oil.
It is that simple and equally as delicious... much better than anything you will find in the store. Get creative with your salad toppings and if you find a good combo, pass it along to the Pearce's Kitchen