Autumn Chopped Salad


We originally posted this salad on October 7, 2012.  I was looking up the ingredients to make it for dinner tonight and thought I would repost it.  One of my all-time favorites and this is the perfect time of year to enjoy it!
Oh Pinterest, how we love thee and how we love the world of food that you have brought to us!  I pinned this recipe the other day and my sister and I made it last night.  Oh so good.  It was a big hit with all!  Even the guys.  Just love chopped salads.
Autumn Chopped Salad
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  1. 6-8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  2. 2 medium pears, chopped (we used one green and one red)
  3. 1 cup dried cranberries (love me some Craisins!)
  4. 1 cup chopped pecans
  5. 8 slices thick-cut bacon, crisp and crumbled (we used pre-packaged real bacon pieces, because of time)
  6. 4-6 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  7. Poppy Seed Salad Dressing
  8. Balsamic Vinaigrette (we used Newman's Own, my personal favorite)
  1. Combine the lettuce, pears, cranberries, pecans, bacon and feta on a large platter.
  2. Drizzle generously with the poppy seed dressing, followed by the balsamic vinaigrette (you should end up with about a cup of dressing, so adjust the quantities of the two dressings according to your taste bud preferences).
  3. We added chopped, cooked chicken to this recipe when we made it because we were using it as a main dish.  Grilled would be a great option on the chicken, but we were in a hurry so we picked up one of those awesome rotisserie chickens at the grocery store.  Yeah, one of those....
Adapted from Espresso and Cream
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