Martina McBride’s Autumn Chopped Salad [RECIPE]

Martina McBride's Autumn Chopped Salad

Martina McBride’s Autumn Chopped Salad (Photo courtesy Jason Wallis)

The Balsamic-Poppy Seed Dressing has a pleasant tanginess that is a nice change of pace from the usual super sweet poppy seed dressings, plus it balances the sweetness of the dried cherries and pears. I dress the salad very lightly and offer more of the dressing for guests to add at the table if they wish.


  • 3 romaine hearts, chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 2 small Red Bartlett pears, chopped
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Balsamic-Poppy Seed Dressing


  1. Combine the lettuce, pears, cherries, pecans, bacon, feta, and parsley on a large platter or in a large bowl. Serve with Balsamic-Poppy Seed Dressing.

Tip: Have you ever noticed that when you toss a salad all the good stuff (in this case the fruit, nuts, cheese and bacon) goes to the bottom of the bowl? I like to toss the chopped lettuce with the dressing and then add the ingredients on top. It’s really pretty that way and it ensures that everyone gets a little of everything on their salad plate. This salad is pretty enough to bring to the table to serve.

Yield: 6 servings

Martina McBride's Around The Table

William Morrow Cookbooks

Many thanks to country superstar Martina McBride for sharing this recipe from her new cookbook, Around the Table

Read Heather’s review of Martina McBride’s Around the Table here. 

About Martina McBride
I am a singer/songwriter who some have praised as the "Celine Dion of Country Music" for my vocal range and big-voiced ballads. You might know some of my songs like "Concrete Angel," "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" and "A Broken Wing." I was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1995. The Country Music Association named me Female Vocalist of the Year four times and the Recording Academy has nominated me for 14 Grammy Awards. When I'm not working, I like to spend time with the special people in my life, cooking for and entertaining my family and friends.

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