Park City salad sizzles
Park City is famous for skiing, Sundance Film festival and incredible mountain vistas. I was introduced to one of my favorite salads in this high altitude city. The base is a spring mix of greens, some crunchy and sweet, others spicy and slightly pungent. The colors range from honey dew to jungle green and raspberry red to royal purple. The greens are dressed with sharp and salty bleu cheese, sweet and crunchy sugared walnuts, crisp and smoky maple bacon, and dried and sweetened tart cranberries. A mouthful of contrasts, the combination sizzles like complementary colors. A salad simple enough for a week night feast but fancy enough for company. Serve with creamy homemade bleu cheese dressing. A couple of years ago I served this at a family reunion and earned rave reviews. Serve this at your next lunch with the girls.
2011 AniversaRecipe – Creamy Garlic Polenta
Recipe: Park City Salad
Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 0 Minutes | Yield: 4 Sandwiches | Level: Easy
- 1 5-ounced bag spring mix
- 6 Tbsps broken sugared walnuts
- 4 thick slices crisp maple bacon, crumbled
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 2 oz crumbled bleu cheese
Bleu Cheese Dressing
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup Half & Half
- 6 oz crumbled bleu cheese, divided
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
1 Put the salad mix on a platter. Sprinkle walnuts, bacon, cranberries and cheese.
Bleu Cheese Dressing
2 In a blender or food processor, combine sour cream, Half & Half, 4 ounces bleu cheese, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Process until smooth. Pour in a bowl and add the remaining 2 ounces of bleu cheese.
3 Serve salad with bleu cheese dressing.
Serve this salad on individual plates, if desired.
To make sugared walnuts – Put 6 tablespoons walnuts and 3 tablespoons sugar in to a frying pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar melts. Then quickly spread on a sheet pan lined with parchment or non-stick foil. Once cooled, break apart or chop.
Bacon – Dice a pound or two of bacon and pan fry until crisp. With a slotted spoon, remove to a paper towel lined plate and cool. Store in a small freezer bag or container. Clean the pan once and have crisp bacon on hand for tossing in recipes such as this salad.
Bleu Cheese Dressing – This dressing is the perfect dipping sauce for Buffalo Wings.
- Select salad greens desired.
- Exchange walnuts for pecans.
- Exchange maple bacon for hickory smoked bacon.
- Exchange cranberries for dried cherries.
Inspiration – Saucy Cuisine Kitchen
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: May 9, 2012