Holiday Recipe – Gina Brock’s Best Salad Ever

Holiday Recipe – Gina Brock’s Best Salad Ever

This obviously isn't a traditional holiday dish, but it's one that means a lot to me. When we lived in Greenville, SC, a family in our church adopted us. We still vacation with them and their children. Each winter before we took off on summer adventure, we'd have a "family" dinner plan the trip. My friend always made this salad and gave me the recipe. It always showed up at our beach dinners, too. Every time I make it, all those memories come flooding back. It's my helping of happiness not only around the holidays but on many days during the year.


Best Salad Ever


1 bag hearts of romaine

1 pint strawberries, halved

1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

1 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted



1 cup vegetable oil

½ cup red wine vinegar

¾ cup sugar

¾ tsp minced garlic

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp salt and pepper


Place romaine in a large bowl. On top of the romaine, add the strawberries, toasted walnuts or pecans, and cheese. Combine all ingredients with dressing. Toss and enjoy! 

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