06 September 2012

Sweet Pine Nut Salad

I love a versatile salad, that can compliment a delicious main course or be the star of the meal.  This salad is capable of either role.  It's not complicated and is a fairly quick recipe.  Hope you like it!


About 12 oz salad lettuce, chopped
2 oz raw pine nuts
1/2 cup hot water
2 Tablespoons sugar
5 strips bacon
1/2 cup steamed corn
2 sprigs green onion, chopped
Lemon poppy seed dressing

Cook bacon until crisp.  Remove to a paper towel to drain and when cool enough to handle, crumble over salad greens.  Sprinkle corn and green onions over lettuce.
Combine hot water and sugar.  Pour over pine nuts in a frying pan over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  Cook until sugar water is reduced and it begins to caramelize around the pine nuts.  Remove from  heat and allow to cool enough to handle.  Break apart over the top of the salad.  Drizzle with lemon poppy seed dressing and serve.
For a complete meal, top with sliced grilled chicken.

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