If someone told me 5 years ago that some of my favorite foods would one day be salads, I'd have given them a look reserved for screaming children in fine dining restaurants. Because the person I was then, I would never have chosen to eat a salad.
So when I tell you that this is one of my all time favorites, you'd better believe it!
The crowning jewel of this salad are these lovely homemade candies pecans!
I tend to gravitate towards salads with fresh cheeses, nuts, dry fruits and fresh fruits all nestled in fresh greens. I suppose I make an extra effort to make good salads because I want to eat them in plentiful not because I have to but because I want to.
My choice towards healthier foods has been gradual and a result of self education. It's amazing how much of that you do once you hit your mid-thirties, non?
I try to stay away from mayonnaisy salads because they're so old school that I find them boring. Don't get me wrong nothing beats a good mayonnaisy potato salad once in a while with finger lickin' barbecue or good ole' southern fried chicken but its not a staple on our dinner table.
As the summer rolls in, one of the things I always keep handy is a week's worth of homemade candied pecans. You can do these with walnut as well but I do think there is something really special about candied pecans in particular.