ONCE UPON A TIME...there was a wonderful seafood and steakhouse called "Fanny Baer's Restaurant", located in Sandusky, Ohio from 1980 to 1986. My sister was lucky enough to live nearby, and she told fabulous stories about meals here with her husband Wayne. Wayne was a nuclear welder and traveled a lot with his job, but when they were dating and later married, he would impress her with a fancy dinner at Fanny Baers - and by ordering not only shrimp cocktail, a fresh-cut steak, but also king crab legs and sometimes lobster - for a single meal! He was a tall, lanky guy and never had a weight problem - but we were always amazed at how much he could eat! And Fanny Baer's was one of his favorite restaurants.
I don't think I ever made it past the basket of fresh-baked warm rye and sourdough bread and house salad - "Fanny Baer's Salad". We loved it, we dreamed about it, and whenever we were in town we devoured it!
The dressing on the Fanny Baer Salad was TO DIE FOR - so incredibly fresh and flavorful! We would actually purchase containers of the homemade salad dressing from Fanny Baer's to carefully bring back home to Minnesota in a cooler to enjoy as long as we could make it last! And there was no sharing - this creamy, fresh dressing was liquid gold!
When the restaurant closed, we all cried - and my sister tried in vain to get the recipe for the famous Fanny Baer Salad Dressing.
But it is at its absolute finest when served with the Fanny Baer Salad - the best salad combo ever! Salad greens are topped with huge, fresh shrimp and delicate mandarin oranges, drizzled with this creamy homemade Avocado Ranch Dressing, and topped with fresh toasted coconut.
It's a crazy combination, but even Skipper, who doesn't care for coconut AT ALL, LOVED this salad! Good thing, because this wonderful fresh and flavorful salad is now part of our regular salad rotation!
And to my sister Sue - this one is for you, with all my love!