Sunday, July 29, 2012

New Favorite Salad

 A special friend passed away a week ago today and I was asked to furnish a salad for the luncheon after her memorial service...
 I thought about a broccoli salad but that seemed quite I started with that concept and tweaked it up a bit and the result is a keeper!
 After the hiatus from cooking because of the heat and humidity it seemed good to be in the kitchen once again!  And it was a pleasure to make this salad in honor of a special lady!

1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 pound package of bow-tie pasta
1  1/4 pounds broccoli, separated into small pieces
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/3 cup Raspberry Blush Vinegar, plus a little
2 cups red grapes, halved
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup dried cranberries, or a few more if desired 
1 cup Light Hellmann's Mayonnaise
1 pound bacon, cut into bite-size pieces, cooked and drained

Toast the pecans and set aside~
Prepare pasta according to package directions~ do not over-cook~
Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar in a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients (except the pecans & bacon).  Stir carefully but thoroughly and chill for 3-4 hours.
Shortly before serving add the toasted pecans and bacon.
Place in your favorite serving dish and enjoy~

Janice was a kind and talented lady and her legacy lives on. Someday I will share a candy recipe that I received from her many years ago!

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