Nell Newman's Delicious Salad

Nell Newman's Delicious Salad Recipe
  • Servings: 4 to 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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    Ingredients Print Recipe

  • 1 large head escarole
  • 2 heads frisee
  • 1 head radicchio
  • 2 small apples sliced with the skin on
  • 1 cup walnuts toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Newman's Own Organics raisins


In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil, vinegar, curry powder, honey and salt. Set aside. In a medium size non-stick pan saute onion in remaining 1/4 cup olive oil until golden, then add mushrooms. When both are lightly browned turn off heat and add dressing. Stir until dressing warmed through. Pour hot dressing into a bowl and whisk until combined.

Rinse each kind of lettuce and thoroughly spin dry. Discard the outer leaves if they are too bitter. The flavor of these lettuces is effected by the season and variety. Tear or chop into bite sized pieces and combine in bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and toss well with dressing.

Makes 6 to 8 serving depending on appetite. You can easily make it a meal by adding grilled chicken or shrimp.

This salad dressing is also great over roasted veggies too!

Nell Newman launched Newman's Own� Organics: The Second Generation with business partner Peter Meehan in 1993. Great tasting products that happen to be organic is the company's motto. She is the President of the company, which started as a division of Newman's Own and became independent in 2001. Nell's responsibilities are in the areas of product development and public relations.

The daughter of actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Nell had an early introduction to natural foods at their rural Connecticut home. The family had a small apple orchard and a few chickens. Nell learned to cook from her mother and how to catch fish from her father. While in college, she continued to experiment in the kitchen, and is still the designated chef when home for family holiday dinners.

Nell attended the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, graduating with a B.S. in human ecology. She worked briefly at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York, but, preferring a more rural environment, moved to Northern California. There she became the Executive Director of the Ventana Wilderness Sanctuary, which was working to reestablish the bald eagle in central California. After two years, she left to become the Development Director for the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, the non profit responsible for the captive breeding and restoration of the peregrine falcon in California.

Nell's commitment to organic foods and sustainable agriculture led her to convince her father to let her establish an organic division of Newman's Own. She won him over by creating a completely organic Thanksgiving dinner, and then suggesting organic food products for the new Newman's Own Organics' line. "All of Newman's Own Organics' products are ones that Dad enjoyed, so we chose ones that he really loved," states Nell. She credits her parents, too, with teaching her by example to be socially responsible, politically involved, and philanthropic.

An ardent supporter of sustainable agriculture, Nell has participated as a featured speaker and as a panel member talking about her commitment to organic products and producing snacks that appeal to the general public. "By utilizing organic ingredients, we're supporting the environment through the growth of organic agriculture," says Nell.

Nell has served on the Peregrine Fund board in Boise, Idaho and currently serves as a board member of EcoTrust, Wholesome Wave Foundation and Allergy Kids.

Nell's thoughts on how to make a difference are highlighted in her book, The Newman's Own Organics Guide to a Good Life: Simple Measures That Benefit You and the Place You Live (Villard, 2003), written with science writer Joseph D'Agnese. It is filled with realistic, practical advice on why living a more environmentally conscious life helps us all.

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