Asian Chop Salad with Berries

I need to be eating more of this and less, well, less of everything. And I am really becoming with this salad. Or a variation of this salad.

Start by chopping up a head of romaine lettuce and slicing up four green onions.

This is your base. From here, the choice is yours.
Choose a nut. I chose walnut.
Chop up a half a cup of your nuts.

Toss the nuts in a small pan on low heat and sprinkle a teaspoon of plain, old white sugar on top. If you like some heat in your food sprinkle some cayenne pepper in too. Stir occasionally for 5-6 minutes and then pour onto a plate to cool.

While your nuts cool, start on your dressing.
Start with 1/2 cup of oil, EVOO or canola or corn or whatever. Oil. Then add 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar or red wine vinegar or whatever. Getting my point. Add a tablespoon of soy sauce. Press one clove of garlic and add it to the mix. Grab that white sugar again and add two tablespoons. One big squirt of dijon mustard, a healthy dose of salt and pepper can be added and give it a mix.

When you have it pretty much mixed, you can dice up a shallot and add it to the mix as well. This is totally optional. I of course add it. Sometimes I just need to walk away from the counter.

Toss the dressing in the fridge and grab some berries.
Now, you can have strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or any combination. I would shoot for about a cup of berries. Toss them on top of the salad and sprinkle the sugared nuts on top of the fruit.

Refrigerate until ready to eat. Toss with the dressing right before serving. Serve with Parmesan cheese or goat cheese. Both are delish. I serve on the side so picky people like my husband can avoid the goat cheese.
There will be none left. Trust me. If there is, someone will use the serving spoon to finish it off in a little while. Trust me. It happened to me.

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  1. Katie says

    I make a similar salad and yes I need to eat more of it! Looks fantastic. I like the dressing you have on this salad and will definitely try soon. Happy Easter!

  2. Farmchick says

    I have had a salad similar to this and it is delicious. I love the sweetness of the chopped nuts. Always a nice surprise.

  3. The Wife of a Dairyman says

    I just love Asian Chopped salads. Your version looks delicious, thanks for sharing:)
    Have a Happy Easter, Leah!

  4. BigD says

    This looks really good.
    I have to agree with the goat cheese on the side… I raised too many goats as a kid to get past the smell of it. One whiff of goat cheese and it takes me back to my days in 4H!!!

  5. shopannies says

    oh my this is a great idea I love it for summer time when our appetites are a little bit less and salads are what every one wants

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