This is an easier version of baby blue salad. The pecans are delish on their own and would work great on other salads or as a snack. Feel free to use more or less balsamic vinaigrette ~ I happen to think a little goes a long way so I use less. I think I found this recipe in an old issue of Southern Living.
Easy Baby Blue Salad
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
2 tbsps sugar
1 tbsp creole seasoning
2 packages mixed salad greens
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 pint strawberries, quartered
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
1 (4 ounce) pkg crumbled blue cheese
Place pecans on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Coat pecan with cooking spray. Combine Creole seasoning and sugar and sprinkle over pecans, tossing gently. Bake at 350º for 15 mintues or until pecans are golden brown, stirring once, Cool thoroughly.
Gently toss together greens, mandarin oranges, strawberries, balsamic vinaigrette, and top with crumbled blue cheese and pecans