Friday, January 11, 2008

Recipe: California Salad

Best Salad Ever- You have been warned!

2 bags spring mix salad
1 & 1/2 bag Tyson frozen-grilled chicken strips
4 oz blue cheese crumbles
3/4 cup dried cramberries
2 -15 oz cans mandarin oranges- drianed
2 pints strawberries- washed and sliced
1 pkg center cut bacon- fried, drained & crumbled
2 cups sugarged walnut pieces (recipe follows)

Sautee frozen chicken in a frying pan until hot.

Arrange ingredients as shown in picture. Makes 4 large salads. Enjoy!

Sugared Walnuts
3 cups walnut halves or walnut pieces
1 cup sugar
1/2cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Spread the walnuts out on a large cookie sheet; bake at 275° for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from oven and set aside.

Combine the sugar, water, cinnamon and salt in a 3 quart saucepan and cook to 236°, soft-ball stage, WITHOUT STIRRING. Note: Use a candy thermometer for exact temperature if at all possible. You get much better results.

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and the nuts.
Stir gently until the nuts are well coated and mixture has begun to cool down.
Turn out onto a greased cookie sheet, separating any pieces that have clumped together.
Cool completely.

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