Friday, November 7, 2014

Hearty Holiday Chopped Salad

 I received Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware from to facilitate this review.  A positive review was not required and all opinions and experiences are my own. 

Welcome back for week 2 of our Progressive Dinner Posts! I hope you all had a chance to enter the giveaway and check out my Pecan Encrusted Baked Salmon recipe, as well as all the amazing recipes from the other 5 bloggers participating.

This week is all about salads, and I hope you can find at least one or two perfect for your family gathering. I went with a hearty chopped salad full of endive, Fall corn, Gruyere cheese, tart green apples, dried cranberries, creamy avocado and a figure friendly citrus dressing. And thanks to our sponsor, I am serving mine up in Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware oval platter, 

Here are all the delicious salads this week:

Busy-at-Home : Pear Pistachio and Pomegranate Salad with Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette

Adventures in All Things FoodHearty Holiday Chopped Salad

The Gunny Sack: Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad

Daily Dish Recipes: Holiday Avocado, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad

Flour on My Face: Fresh Fruit Pomegranate Salad

Will Cook for Smiles: Pomegranate Goat Cheese Salad

Last year we featured a few pieces from Rachael Ray Oven to Table Stoneware in the Progressive Dinner posts, and this year I was tickled by the Cucina Stoneware collection in this gorgeous Agave Blue color.

It matched my kitchen and dining color scheme perfectly! 

I received an Au Gratin dish, Loaf Pan, 3-Piece round Casserole and Lid Set as well as an Oval Platter and Oval Serving Bowl. For my salad this week, the Oval Platter was the perfect size.

This gorgeous stoneware will be a great addition to our holiday table this year. Both microwavable and dishwasher safe, all of the pieces are glazed in a vivid color with antiqued accents along the edges.

These pieces came from, where you can also find many other fabulous brands to fill your kitchen and table this season.

I have already served several meals with these dishes and serving platters, and have plans for many more. 

A delicious meal deserves to be dressed with attractive baking and serving-ware.

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And as for that salad...

I went with fresh and simple. A little lemon goes a long way to help keep the avocado and endive from browning quickly. And the simple lemon and olive oil dressing keeps things light and refreshing.

It is the perfect balance for all the other holiday goodies that find their way onto your plate.

I just have to say, the salad looks great on the platter... but looks aren't all I care about, it tastes great, too! 

Feel free to adjust the proportions to suit your tastes, but this salad has everything from flavorful cheese to crunchy endive and apple as well as the creamy avocado. 

Ready to dig in?

Hearty Holiday Chopped Salad

You Will Need:
  • 2 c. romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 lemons, juiced and divided
  • 5 medium Belgian endive, chopped
  • 1 green apple, cubed
  • 3/4 c. Gruyere cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 c. corn, blanched and cut off the cob
  • 3 Tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper
Toss the chopped endive and green apples in the juice of 1/2 a lemon.

In a large bowl toss together the romaine, endive, apple, cheese, corn, avocados and dried cranberries. Reserve a few dried cranberries and some avocado for garnishing the top.

Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Drizzle over the salad and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle the top with additional dried cranberries and avocado if desired. Serve immediately. 

And, let's not forget the Giveaway! 

I know you are probably eyeing this gorgeous Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware... Well, is generously providing on lucky reader with the  winner's choice of $75 of the Cucina Stoneware. 

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