Do you have a favorite restaurant meal that you wish you could make at home? My favorite salad is the Cosi Signature Salad. My copycat Cosi signature salad lets me enjoy the dish at home anytime I want!
The closest decent restaurant to get a quick lunch near the hospital at work at is Cosi. I make a trip to Cosi a few times a month either alone or with a coworker. I love their Tomato Basil Soup and warm Whole Grain Flat Bread. I usually just order the soup, because it’s quick and inexpensive. When I do have more time and more funds I will order the Cosi Signature Salad. I have to admit I have never tried any of their other salads. I love the Signature Salad and don’t feel the need to try anything else.
The Signature Salad is a mix of wonderfully good for you ingredients and an interesting flavor combination. Dried cranberries, grapes, and pears provide a sweet taste while gorgonzola provides what I consider a sour taste. Pistachios add a hint of salt and great crunch. The Signature Salad comes with a Sherry Shallot Dressing, which just pulls all the flavors together. Cosi serves two versions of the Signature Salad, regular and light. The lighter version is served with less cheese and lower calorie dressing. I have tried both versions and love them both.
- 2 cups mixed salad greens
- 1 pear diced
- 2 ounces Gorgonzola
- ½ cup grapes cut in half
- 2 Tablespoons shelled Pistachios
- 2 Tablespoons dried cranberries
- Sherry Shallot Dressing
- ½ cup Grape Seed Oil
- ¼ cup Sherry Vinegar
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon minced Shallots
- ¼ teaspoon honey
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch of salt
- Dressing: Whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, shallots, honey, pepper, and salt.
- Set aside.
- Salad: Place salad greens into a large bowl.
- Top with pears, grapes, dried cranberries, pistachios, and gorgonzola.
- Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of Sherry Shallot dressing over salad.
- Toss to coat.
- Serve immediately.
The ingredients are easy to copy, but the dressing is a bit more challenging. Sherry Vinegar (affiliate link) is hard to find. Mostly specialty stores carry it, but if you can’t find sherry vinegar The Stone Soup has a great post on alternatives.
Do you have a favorite restaurant meal that you make at home? Let me know in the comments below.
This post was originally posted in December of 2014. The content and photo were updated on 5/3/2016.