(Recipe can be found on The Pioneer Woman site here.)
Step by Step Instructions:
It’s up to you to find your perfect ingredient list with this adaptable salad. I opted for the following items: I used a mix of Romaine hearts and spring mix for the lettuce for differing textures, a yogurt-based blue cheese dressing (pick your poison and enjoy), freshly ground salt and pepper, and diced cucumbers, halved grape tomatoes, diced yellow peppers, pearl mozzarella balls, 1 hard-boiled egg, Kidney beans, and Greek olives…yum!
I was making a salad for one, so I put in a couple of romaine heart leaves, and a handful of spring mix salad in a large bowl. I loved the texture of the romaine lettuce and the great colors of the spring mix.
I sliced about 5 grape tomatoes in half and added them to the lettuce.
I added a small amount of the diced yellow bell pepper to the bowl as well for a pop of color.
I then added the rest of my ingredients, a small amount of chopped cucumbers, about 5 greek olives, 1 hard-boiled egg cut in half, 4 or 5 small mozzarella pearls, and a small amount of kidney beans.
I poured about 1-2 tablespoons of dressing over the salad then stirred it all together.
Then I spooned my salad out onto a large cutting board…
…and chopped it up with a large chef’s knife so that the ingredients are in small pieces and you can get tons of flavor with every forkful of salad. At this point, serve up the salad and top it with some freshly ground grated salt and pepper. It was so delicious and filling and I was one happy camper! Make this salad your own and experiment away…that was half the fun to me. You can see for yourself that this was a super simple dish that comes together in no time. I hope you enjoy!
3 cups Mixed Salad Greens
3 cups Bibb Lettuce
8 whole Romaine Leaves
Grape Tomatoes, Halved
Kidney Beans, Drained And Rinsed
Garbanzo Beans, Drained And Rinsed
Pitted Mixed Olives
Sliced Or Diced Bell Pepper
Hard Boiled Eggs, Peeled And Sliced
Fresh Mozzarella, Cubed
Cucumbers, Halved Then Sliced
Asparagus, Blanched And Sliced Into Pieces
FOR THE DRESSING:
Dressings Of Your Choice
1. Lay out different greens and all the fixins in small dishes.
2. Have a big stainless bowl with tongs. Have everyone build their own salad by throwing what they want into the bowl. Toss with dressing, then pour tossed salad onto a cutting board.
3. With two knives, quickly chop the salad so that it’s chopped into smaller pieces.
4. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.