Tree House Salad. With simple fresh ingredients topped with one of the best sweet and sour dressings you’ll ever taste. Artichoke hearts, blue cheese and a mixture of crunchy seeds and nuts, the texture alone will hook you. This is a tossed salad recipe you’ll find yourself making over and over again.
Like black shoes, I truly don’t think one can have enough tossed salad recipes.
Think about those black shoes, you need a pair for boot cut pants, your skinny jeans, wide cut capris, skinny capris, your pencil skirt, your black suit, your perfect little black dress …. your white jeans. You get the picture.
Same with tossed salads. You need one for burgers, for steaks, for braised chicken, for fried chicken, for lamb, for seafood …
For some reason this Tree House Salad has always been my go to salad to serve with hamburgers.
It seems a perfect flavor combo for a side dish for a juicy grilled burger.
Inspiration for Tree House Salad
My friend Linda gave me this tossed salad recipe a couple of years ago. We were invited to their house for a Summer evening dinner, where they served little lamb pops, this Tree House Salad and Lemon Snowballs.
A perfect little light Summer meal.
With simple ingredients topped with a sweet and sour dressing, in my books you’ve got a winner.
I wasn’t sure where the name came from so before starting this post, I Googled the title.
I was directed to Treehouse Restaurant in Atlanta, but their Treehouse Salad didn’t resemble Linda’s at all. With all that said, here’s the recipe she gave me and it’s been a favorite ever since.
Recipe for Tree House Salad
I mean really, does it get any easier than this? Greens, sugared almonds, sunflower seeds, dried and dried cranberries. Top with a sprinkling of crumbled blue cheese, some hearts of palm and dig in.
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And if you love tossed salads as much as we do, and you want to become a salad expert, don’t miss my post for the 9-Secrets to A Remarkable Tossed Salad.
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A simple salad, big with flavor with the most delicious sweet and tangy dressing you'll ever taste.
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 4 cups red leaf lettuce
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbled
- 1 can hearts of palm drained and sliced
In a small heavy skillet, melt butter. Add almonds and cook over medium heat until toasted, about 4 minutes. Add sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. Sprinkle with sugar. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until sugar is melted. Spread on foil to cool.
- Mix first 6 ingredients for dressing (that’s through salt and pepper).
- Assemble salad with remaining ingredients. Drizzle with dressing.
Wine Pairing for A Tossed Salad and Burger
We enjoyed and paired this Tree House Salad and grilled burger with a truly lovely Colorado wine. Perfect summer food if you ask me.
Holly cross Abbey Sauv Blanc. This wine is exactly what I look for in a crisp white wine. I totally agree with the description from their site and we loved it. ” A blend of 50% barrel fermented sur-lie (aged on the lees) and 50% stainless steel fermented and aged. Full hints of oak, grass and melon in the nose, followed by a creamy smoothness that glides across the palate.”
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (from their website)
Several years ago, some simple Benedictine Fathers had a dream…a dream of a fine winery located on the grounds of the historic Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, Colorado.
Today, that dream is a reality and the staff at the winery invites you to share in the vision of those dynamic and innovative monks. Since 2002, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has been attracting visitors from all over the world.
Located on the pastoral and serene grounds of the Holy Cross Abbey, nestled against the spectacular backdrop of the Wet Mountains, the winery and tasting room are shining examples of what draws visitors to Canon City and Fremont County.
Canon City is about a two-hour drive Southwest of Denver. We must make time for a day trip to the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and a picnic at the famous Royal Gorge. Sounds like a perfect day.
Tree House Salad and a burger .. It’s What’s for a Summer Dinner