DIY Gluten-Free Raspberry Salad

Categories: Chow Bella

Judy Nichols
This raspberry, goat cheese and pecan salad will please even the gluten lovers at dinner.
Sometimes, when a friend invites you to dinner, you just want to say yes, without going into a long explanation of all the gluten-y things you can't eat. You want to go back to that innocent, carefree, ignorant time when you had no idea you had to be careful about what you put in your mouth. When your biggest concern was whether to bring a bottle of red or white wine to the front door.

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When I get into this frame of mind, I play offense instead of defense. I say, "Yes, I'd love to. Can I bring a salad?" That way I know I have something I can eat, and anything else my friend serves that is gluten free is gluten-free gravy.

I have a go-to salad for these occasions. It's a combination of all my favorite things, it's easy to throw together, and it gets rave reviews everywhere I take it, even from the gluten eaters.

Judy Nichols
With simple, delicious ingredients, you can throw the salad together in minutes.

I took it to a friend's house last week and, after lunch, after we had eaten the salad along with her delicious homemade corn tortillas, fashioned into quesadillas, after we had cleared the table, her college-junior daughter leaned over the salad bowl, picking through the remains and said, "I am obsessed with this salad."

I'd say that's a vote of confidence.

So here is my gift to you, my favorite raspberry salad, which will drive you to obsession.

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