Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Candied Almond Salad

This salad is DELISH.  You know its good when your sisters boyfriend (who is a trained Chef) wants the recipe!  Enjoy!!

 Candied Almond Salad

 2 1/2 cups shredded chicken (I just got precooked chicken from Costco)
 3/4 cup crumbled bacon
 1 cup candied almonds
 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese
 4 cups romaine
 2 cups iceburg lettuce

Poppy seed dressing:
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons powdered mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons toasted poppy seeds

In medium size pan, melt ½ cup sugar and 2 tsp butter, then add 1 cup of sliced almonds and stir.  Spread out on foil until they are completely cooled, then separate.

Poppy seed dressing: In a food processor or blender pulverize sugar.
add the mustard, salt, and vinegar. Blend until the sugar is
dissolved. With the machine slowly running, gradually add oil to the
sugar mixture. Remove mixture from the machine and stir in the poppy
seeds. Chill for at least 20 minutes.

Toss salad and dressing together and serve.

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