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  • Prep Time
    15 mins
  • Cook Time
    20 mins
  • Servings
    4-6

Wisconsin Chopped Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Main Ingredient: Vegetables

Yield: 4-6 servings

Recipe courtesy of Melissa Routzahn, Finalist in the 2015 Black Creek® “Everything's Better with Cheddar” recipe contest

Ingredients

CRANBERRY VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/2 c. fresh cranberries, whole
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper


SALAD

  • 3 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 English (seedless) cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups small pasta (such as ditalini or elbow macaroni), cooked and cooled
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces summer sausage, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

Directions

DRESSING

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

SALAD

  1. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients. Add vinaigrette and toss until coated.

BLACK CREEK® PRODUCTS USED IN THIS RECIPE

Black Creek®  Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 2 Years)

Black Creek® offers award-winning premium Cheddar cheeses that are recognized for their rich and creamy taste. Each of the brands’ offerings is carefully selected to ensure you receive a consistently delicious cheese that’s perfect for snacking.

Black Creek®  Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 3 Years)

For over a century, farm fresh milk from the heart of America’s Dairyland has been finely crafted into classic, naturally-aged cheeses under the watchful eyes of certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers. Black Creek® Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese is made using these same time-honored traditions and carefully aged for three years to build a full, richly sharp flavor and delightfully crumbly texture.

Black Creek®  Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 9 Months)

Black Creek® Cheddar cheeses are made using old-world craftsmanship by Gregg Palubicki, a certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker. The result? The finest in premium Wisconsin Cheddar cheese with a dedication to quality you can taste.

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