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Summer salad recipes are pretty much unbeatable now the days are getting warmer and outdoor dining is in full swing. Dude ranch vacations aren't all about the steak and burritos, as North Fork Ranch in Colorado, USA, proves with their fresh and tasty summer salad recipe - Colorado Pine Nut Salad. Top50 Ranches loves the Colorado dude ranch's recipe so much, it's been named Ranch Recipe of the Month for March 2012. It's fast and easy to make, so try it yourself for an express trip to a sunny porch high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains!

Colorado Pine Nut Salad

Pine nut salad recipe

Serves 4-6 Prep 10 mins, plus chillingCook none

1 tsp onion salt2 tsps black pepper1/4 cup minced garlic2 cups olive oil1/4 cup Parmesan cheese1/2 cup white or red wine vinegar1 1/2 tbsps stoneground mustard1/2 cup pine nuts1 large head Romaine lettuce, choppedFresh cranberries, to serve

1 In mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the lettuce, cranberries and pine nuts. Whisk or place in food processor until blended, then refrigerate

2 Brown the pine nuts in a saute pan with a little oil over medium heat, then transfer to paper towel to cool

3 Stir and toss the chopped lettuce with desired amount of the refrigerated dressing, top with roasted pine nuts and a few cranberries, and serve


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