Do you have a favorite salad that you go to time and time again?
Well you are looking at mine. I think I enjoy this most in the fall, when apples are at their best. But honestly, I eat this all year round. The ingredients are so satisfying, this is a meal for me. Hearty red leaf lettuce is piled with fresh apple chunks, sweet dried apples & cranberries, crunchy walnuts, creamy blue cheese and tangy quick pickled onions. An explosion of flavor and texture in every bite!
This apple loaded salad, as you see it, is exactly how I love to eat it. But I’ve been known to switch ingredients a bit, depending on what I have on hand. Sometimes I’ll use cubed cheddar and pecans. Sometimes I’ll add some slices of rotisserie chicken. And when I have a batch in the fridge, I love to add some pretty pickled onions.
For this salad I used a red delicious apple, buttermilk blue cheese, Bare® Baked & Crunchy Apple Chips, walnuts, dried cranberries and a quick pickled shallot.
So how do you dress this sweet, tangy, crunchy salad? Well, to truly make this a cran-apple experience, you either go apple or you go cranberry!
So while you can make this salad all year round, I hope you will try it soon. To me, it tastes so much better in the fall and winter!
“A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.” Jonathan Silvertown
- 2 heads of red leaf lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
- 1 red delicious apple, diced
- 6 ounces of blue cheese, crumbled
- 1 cup of walnuts
- ½ cup of dried cranberries
- 1 small shallot
- red wine vinegar
- baked or dried apple chips for garnish
- (All amounts are approximate, add more or less to your liking.)
- You can construct this in 2 ways:
- place everything in a large bowl and toss with your dressing of choice
- place the lettuce on a platter and arrange each ingredient in mounds on top of the lettuce and serve your dressing of choice on the side.
- For the QUICK PICKLED ONIONS:
- Before you begin to compose the salad, thinly slice a small shallot and place in a small bowl.
- Sprinkle with a pinch of sugar.
- Pour some red wine vinegar over the onions to coat.
- Let sit while you compose the salad.