Photo: Beth Dreiling; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
35 Mins
Bake Time
8 Mins
Cool Time
30 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Serving this salad in cucumber rings as pictured will give you major presentation points for a special occasion.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place chopped pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan.

Step 2

Bake at 350º for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.

Step 3

Using a Y-shaped vegetable peeler, cut cucumbers lengthwise into very thin strips just until seeds are visible. Discard cucumber core.

Step 4

Shape largest cucumber slices into 4 (2 1/2- to 2 3/4-inch-wide) rings. Wrap evenly with remaining cucumber slices. Stand rings upright on 4 serving plates.

Step 5

Fill each cucumber ring evenly with mixed greens, next 3 ingredients, and toasted pecans. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle each salad with 1 Tbsp. White Wine Vinaigrette, and serve with remaining vinaigrette.

Step 6

Note: Y-shaped vegetable peelers can be found at most kitchen, home goods, and discount stores from $99 to $

Ratings & Reviews

cmomsnow's Review

May 09, 2011

carmelita's Review

September 09, 2010
This salad is so impressive. It's rather tasty, too. Was not difficult, just a little time required to make it look as pretty as possible - worth the effort for a nice dinner party you want to make an impression for.

msuchoas's Review

May 20, 2009
I made this for my mother's day brunch and got rave reviews. My moms have been bragging to friends since. They even took pictures. The best part is it tasted as good as it looks and the cucumber was easier than I expected. It stands right up on its own. We substituted feta for bleu-cheese for some.

Gailzer's Review

April 13, 2009
I made this for 9 people. They loved it! I waited till the end to add the Blue Cheese (5 with, 4 without). Everyone said it was a great presentation and looked so fancy. Definite Do Again!

EllenFL's Review

April 12, 2009
This recipe is great: ease, taste, and presentation excel. Agree with another reviewer, my cukes did not make big enough rings either, but the slices are so moist they hold up well. Made with the dressing as described and got rave reviews on that too. Very pretty and tasty too.