Mediterranean Salad with Walnut Dressing

vegetarian
gluten-free

Ingredients

For the Salad
2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
1 cup chopped radicchio
1 cup chickpeas (drained and cooked)
1/2 cup thinly sliced pepperoni
1/2 cup freshly cut sweet corn
1/2 parsley (flat-leaf, de-stemmed)
20 halved mozzarella pearls
1/2 cup Italian Dressing
kosher salt, to taste
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
1 cup salt and pepper
California walnuts, as garnish
For the Italian Dressing
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. Creole mustard
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup lime juice
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. freshly minced garlic
2 cups extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. freshly chopped parsley
1 tsp. freshly chopped basil
1 tsp. freshly chopped rosemary
1 tsp. freshly chopped thyme
For the Salt and Pepper Walnuts
3 cups California walnuts
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. black pepper

Description

California Walnuts take the lead in this refreshing colorful salad, used in both the dressing and spiced as a garnish in the salad!

Preparation

Salad

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well.

Place evely on chilled salad plates.

Season, as desired, with salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Top with salt and pepper walnuts and serve immediately.
 

Italian Dressing

In a blender, puree the first eight ingredients until thoroughly blended and smooth.

With the blender motor running on medium speed, slowly pour in the oils so the vinaigrette is completely emulsified.

Pour the vinaigrette in a bowl and whisk in the herbs.

Refrigerate until ready to use. If needed, whisk to re-emulsify before using.
 

Salt and Pepper California Walnuts

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.

Blanch walnuts for 1 minute, drain and place in a separate bowl with the powdered sugar.

Toss with powdered sugar until the nuts are evenly coated.

Deep fry at 180 °C for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden.

Remove from fryer and toss with salt and pepper.

Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and allow cooling.