Simply Elegant Salad With Balsamic Raspberry Vinaigrette

"I came up with this salad one day and loved it! Now I bring this salad to dinner parties and it's always a huge hit. The two different vinaigrettes mixed together are a perfect combination of sweet, tart and tangy. For dinner parties with people I don't know well I usually leave the almonds and dressing on the side in case anyone has food allergies; only once has anyone passed on the almonds and dressing. This salad is also great topped with grilled chicken to make the salad a complete dinner."
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  • 2 12 cups lettuce (preferably a spring mix)
  • 13 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 12 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (or grape tomatoes)
  • 14 cup red onion, sliced very thin
  • 14 cup grapes, halved (or berries will work too)
  • 3 tablespoons almonds, slivered
  • 13 cup balsamic vinaigrette (or Red Wine Vinaigrette)
  • 13 cup raspberry vinaigrette dressing (Ken's Steakhouse makes a good one)
  • 14 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • parmesan cheese or gorgonzola


  • In a medium sized bowl mix the two vinegarettes and black pepper together, stir until well blended. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl toss lettuce, cuccumbers, onions, grapes, tomatoes and almonds.
  • Add to veggies the desired amount of dressing, cheese, and more almonds. Enjoy!

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  1. Dottie Doodles
    Great lunch salad with some chicken or shrimp added! We love the Vinaigrette!
  2. bmcnichol
    Made this for lunch and I really enjoyed it. I followed the recipe other then I didn't add red onions as I am not a fan. I too added pamesan cheese. Very tasty salad. Made for Fall PAC 2008.
  3. diner524
    I made this as written except I used regular tomato wedges and made my own creamy raspberry vinaigrette and used the shredded parmesan cheese. I liked the combination of the balsamic and raspberry vinaigrettes. Thanks for a great salad combination Lindsay!!! Made for Spring 2008 Pick a Chef.


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