Fisher NutsLori McLain's Walnut-Bleu Date Vinaigrette Salad won the grand prize in the inaugural Fisher Nuts My Fresh Twist recipe contest. Lori McLain of Denton, Texas, took first prize among more than 700 entries for the inaugural “My Fresh Twist” recipe contest sponsored by John B. Sanfillipo & Son Inc.
The Elgin, Ill.-based company, which markets Fisher brand nuts, awarded McLain a trip for two to New York to meet Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and a $500 cash prize for her Walnut-Bleu Date Vinaigrette Salad.
Fans voted to select the top 10 finalists, and a winner was chosen among a panel of judges, including Guarnaschelli, according to a news release.
“This salad is deceptively simple,” she said, in a news release. “It’s really built around the walnuts instead of just having walnuts in it. The pureed dates in the dressing are a brilliant way to add body and some deep, dried fruit sweetness to a salad dressing.”
The other nine finalists received a $100 Visa gift card.