Apple Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

apple saladCourtesy of Allrecipes

“This salad contains lots of greens and sliced Red Delicious apples with a sprinkling of toasted walnuts.  But the dressing is a bit fancier.  Cranberries, onions. sugar and mustard are pureed in the blender with balsamic vinegar and oil, then added to the salad so that it perfectly coats every leaf of lettuce and slice of apple.”

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup cranberries
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup red onion chopped
1 Tb. sugar
1 Tb. Dijon-style prepared mustard
1 cup vegetable oil
10 cups mixed salad greens, rinsed and dried
2 red delicious apples, cored and thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. spread the walnuts out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  2. In a food processor, combine the cranberries, vinegar, onion, sugar and mustard.  Puree until smooth; gradually add oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a salad bowl, toss together the greens, apples and enough of the cranberry mixture to coat.  Sprinkle with walnuts and serve.
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