As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Pick Up That Cookbook! {Fandango Salad with Panera Bread Raspberry Vinaigrette}

Continuing with my plan to pick up a cookbook in my kitchen and try a new recipe every week . . .  

Ron bought The Panera Bread Cookbook for me when I was preparing to do my Bread on Tuesday series. Not only did I learn a lot about bread making in the introductory chapters, I also featured two different recipes from the book in my series: Three-Cheese Bread and Cinnamon Raisin Bread.

This time, however, I went to the "Soups, Salads, and Sides" chapter and chose a salad recipe to try. Good summer food!


2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
3 cups field greens, loosely packed
1 cup romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces, loosely packed
1/4 cup Panera Bread Raspberry Vinaigrette (recipe below)
2 tablespoons Gorgonzola cheese, crumbed
8 - 10 slices Mandarin orange

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Arrange the walnuts in a single layer on a sheet pan. Toast for 5 minutes, toss nts, then toast for an additional 5 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan to cool. 

In a medium mixing bowl, toss field greens, romaine, and vinaigrette until well combined. Place the mixture on a serving plate. Top with the cheese, walnuts, and orange slices and serve.

1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons raspberry jam
2 teaspoons shallot, minced
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients except oil in a medium mixing bowl with a wire whisk. Once ingredients are combined, slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking to form and emulsion. 

When Kati and I made this salad, we took great liberties with the recipe!

First of all, this recipe says that it serves one. But we used one bag of romaine and one bag of a salad blend (I think it was a "spring mix" with green leaf lettuce, red cabbage, shredded carrots) and it seemed like plenty for the four of us. Of course, we were using it as a side dish; if it was the main course, we would have needed more.

Also, I bought fresh Mandarin oranges (clementines) because the recipe called for "slices." I found that I had to slice them before peeling to keep the slices whole. I later found that most online recipes for Fandango Salad use canned Mandarin oranges. Those would be fine, although I did like the presentation with the sliced Mandarins. 

I did not measure the Gorgonzola. I just covered the salad with what I thought looked proportionate, so I probably used more than the recipe called for. 

Kati chopped more than 2 teaspoons of walnuts (maybe 3?), but I think the salad could have used a bit more. 

Fandango Salad was so good! Fresh greens with a little tang, a little sweetness, and a little crunch made for a great summer salad. And we had about half of the yummy dressing left over. Not a problem! I'm sure it will be a good addition to other summer salads.

Coming soon . . . the recipe for this delicious panini that we paired with the salad! (We have already made these twice!)


  1. Would this be good with a less tangy cheese? Not really a fan of these kinds of cheeses, but I love a good salad!

    You do great 'series' posts!

    1. Thanks, Deanna! I think you could use another cheese. (You can't go wrong with cheese, right?) There's a lot of flavor in this salad, including some tang in the dressing.

  2. Looks delicious! I think I said already that I like this pick up the cookbook idea.

  3. This is a beautiful salad, Cheryl. So colorful and full of good ingredients. Just right for these hot, sticky summer days. I'm looking forward to the panini recipe. ♥

    1. Thank you, Martha Ellen! We all enjoyed the salad, and I can't wait to share the panini recipe!

  4. That salad sounds delicious. I often add fruit to a ho-hum salad for extra flavor and interest. Variety is the spice of life so they say...

  5. You have inspired me to start cooking through my cookbooks. I have picked a few summer recipes to try!

  6. Well, I just added a new dish to my summer menu! pinning this so I can find it later :-)
    Hope I haven't missed your panini recipe -- making my mouth water!


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