Ingredients

For Dressing:

1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup Italian envelope dressing mix
1 cup vegetable and olive oil blend

For Salad:

4 cups greens
2 oz. goat cheese
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions

1. In a blender add balsamic and Italian dressing, mix blend for about 5 seconds.
2. Add oil and blend again until well mixed, about 15 seconds. Set aside.
3. Layer your salad ingredients - greens first, then goat cheese, nuts, and cranberries. If desired, add other ingredients now before drizzling the dressing over the salad and ingredients.

Reserve extra dressing for future use up to 2 weeks by keeping in the refrigerator.

Recipe courtesy of Melissa Sallah, Sugar Magnolias, 2009.

You can top this salad with grilled chicken, steak or salmon, and it also goes really good with crab cakes. You can also just use it as a side salad. Note: If you add the oil too early while mixing the dressing it will blend too long and become too thick, making a thick dressing instead of the creamy texture that you want. Enjoy!

Balsamic Vinaigrette
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