Valentine's Salad

A Valentine’s Salad



¼ cup mayonnaise

½ cup buttermilk

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp dried tarragon

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

1 tsp salt


1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, sliced into long strips

2 Tbsp sliced or chopped almonds

4  one inch thick slices of French bread, cut in cubes

1 tsp dried oregano

Salt to taste

6 hearts of palm slices from one can (or grocery salad bar)

6 slices of beets from one can (or grocery store salad bar)

Romaine lettuce, chopped


Mix all dressing ingredients in a jar and give it a good shake.

In a small skillet melt butter and oil together over medium high heat.

Add garlic and cook, stirring fairly constantly, until lightly browned. It takes only a minute or two. Don’t burn, it will taste bitter. We know this because we did it the first time!!

Remove garlic to paper towels and salt lightly.

Add almonds to the same skillet and sauté until lightly browned. Remove to the same paper towels.

Add bread cubes to the same skillet (add more oil if needed). Stir to coat all sides.

Add oregano and lightly toast croutons. Remove to paper towels.

Cut a heart shaped piece from each beet and hearts of palm slice with a cookie cutter or free form (it’s the thought that counts).

Put Romaine lettuce on individual serving plates.

Top with dressing. Add croutons, garlic, and almonds.

Arrange beets and hearts of palm on top.

It IS adorable – go enjoy!

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