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I heart Valentine’s Day… A day to celebrate my marriage, enjoy a candlelight dinner, and unabashedly watch a romantic comedy while stuffing my face with yummy chocolates filled with gooey goodness. I’m salivating as I think about it. Chocolates aren’t the only things that get my taste buds excited, though. A dinner to look forward to, a great salad—those do the trick, too. Here’s a great and simple salad, tossed with homemade tangy and sweet vinaigrette, to pair with your Valentine’s Day meal.
Gather the ingredients and wash the romaine leaves.
Toss together the romaine leaves, dried cranberries, walnuts, and blue cheese.
Make the vinaigrette by whisking together the balsamic vinegar, EVOO, Dijon mustard, and honey.
Add the vinaigrette to the salad, toss, and serve.
Green and red romaine leaves, 4 cups, packed
Dried cranberries, ½ cup
Walnuts, ½ cup
Blue cheese, 1 cup, crumbled
Balsamic vinegar, ¼ cup
Extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon
Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons
Honey, 2 tablespoons
1. In a large bowl, toss together the washed romaine leaves, dried cranberries, walnuts, and blue cheese crumbles.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, and honey.
3. Add the vinaigrette to the salad (depending on your preference, add half or all of the vinaigrette), toss, and serve.