Here is the salad that we will serve at the Children's Miracle Network fundraising dinner/dance and silent auction on Feb. 9. (See information below about the event.)
2/3 cup of walnuts
1/2 cup of dried cherries or cranberries
1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
4 cups of spring greens
1/3 cup of reduced balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of white vinegar
3/4 cup of olive oil
4 tablespoons + 1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon of garlic
(to taste) salt and pepper
Put 1/4 cup of sugar and water in a small pot and bring to a boil for one minute. Pour sugar mixture over nuts on a sheet tray. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every four minutes until nuts begin to darken slightly and become fragrant.
Remove from oven and drape off tray and onto a cool paper lined tray immediately. Allow to cool for 30 minutes.
Whisk together white vinegar, olive oil remaining sugar, garlic, salt and pepper.
Place greens onto four dinner plates. Top with pears, cherries and nuts. Drizzle dressing mixture and reduced balsamic vinegar over the top.
Recipe serves four.
Missouri State Dining Services is pleased to present An Evening of Miracles, a charitable event to support the Children's Miracle Network. This romantic black tie affair will begin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2013, at the Darr Agriculture Center with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Dinner will be at 7, followed by a dance featuring a live big brass band provided by the Missouri State University music department and a silent auction sponsored by local businesses.
To buy tickets with cash or check, visit 1001 E. Madison Ave., Blair-Shannon Hall, Room 114. To purchase tickets with a credit card, click here.
For more information, contact Nicole Young by e-mail or call (417) 836-5622