Apple- Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

This salad has been featured on The Recipe Girl blog: Fall Dinner Party Menu This recipe is gluten-free adaptable- please see notes below the recipe…

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Apple- Walnut Salad w/ Cranberry Vinaigrette

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

I thought this was a really great, simple fall salad recipe. You can certainly add some goat cheese or blue cheese crumbles, but they're really not necessary. It's good on its own.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon chopped red onion
1 Tablespoon granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup vegetable or canola oil
10 cups mixed baby greens
2 medium Red Delicious or Honeycrisp apples, cored & thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions:

1. Puree cranberries in processor until smooth. Add vinegar, onion, sugar and mustard and process until well blended. With processor running, gradually add oil and process until well blended. Transfer to medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill. Bring to room temperature and whisk before using).

2. Combine greens and apples in large bowl. Toss with enough dressing to coat. Sprinkle with walnuts. Serve, passing remaining dressing separately.

Tips:

*If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, just be sure to use a brand of Dijon mustard that is known to be GF.
*If you would prefer a cleaner look to your salad, try looking for white balsamic vinegar. The original version, although it slightly coats the apples with the brown balsamic, is still very yummy.
*Add a crumbled cheese- goat or blue, if desired.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Bon Appetit)

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One Response to “Apple- Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette”

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    Debra — February 10, 2009 @ 12:13 PM

    I used several substitutions when I made this recipe. Blueberries for the cranberries, white wine vinegar for the balsamic, pecans for the walnuts, fugi instead of delicious apples. It turned out fantastic!