One thing I’ve loved about living in St Louis is, obviously, the amazing restaurants we have here! So many of them are family owned, quaint, charming little places with amazing food! You don’t see a lot of your typical chain restaurants in the city, which I love! Whenever we have date night we always jump on yelp to find the next restaurant we want to try. I don’t think we’ve been disappointed with a single restaurant we’ve tried since living here! Awesome BBQ, Italian food, Mediterranean food, sandwich places, custard shops and more.
However, whenever I visit family in Utah there are a few chain restaurants I have to eat at, that they just don’t have out here! Some of those include Cafe Rio, Zupas, and Kneaders! My mom and I usually enjoy a few lunch dates to some of these favorites!
I’m really not typically the type to order a salad at a restaurant, unless, it’s the shrimp louie salad from Market Street, or Kneaders Turkey Cranberry Salad! Have you ever had either of these? The Turkey Cranberry Salad at Kneaders is the BEST! Layers of lettuce, turkey, feta, craisins, and sunflower seeds doused in a sweet raspberry vinaigrette–it’s completely delicious! And since I don’t have a Kneaders near me in St. Louis, I decided to make my own from scratch! This recipe is so simple (and great when you have leftover turkey) and my whole family loves it!
- 3 cups of spring mix lettuce
- 3 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 1 heaping cup of shredded Turkey
- Craisins, to taste
- Feta cheese, to taste
- Sunflower seeds, to taste
- 6 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed
- 1 tsp poppy seeds
- In a large bowl mix together both types of lettuce. Add the onion, craisins, feta cheese, turkey, and sunflower seeds and toss to combine. Serve with Raspberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette.
- In a blender, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt and mustard. Blend on low, and while blending, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Add raspberries, cover, and blend until smooth. Stir in poppy seeds.
Check out some of my other favorite homemade salads!