Monday, January 5, 2015

Winter Apple Salad

Good morning! This weekend was full of travel, and not enough rest. I hope yours was a good one and you're recharged to take on the first full week of 2015! I wanted to share one of my current favorite dinners. Although I am a self-proclaimed pasta lover, there is nothing better than a hearty salad when you want something a little lighter. They are easy to throw together and there's plenty of opportunity to switch things up! Since my trip to Annapolis {read my full post here} I have been thinking of ways to incorporate my new red apple vinegar into one of my recipes. I think I have come up with a delicious and easy winter-time salad that I'm excited to share with y'all!

salad, dinner, salad toppings
salad, apple, goat cheese
salad toppings, apple, walnut, red onion, goat cheese, dried cranberries

This winter apple salad is easy. You simply throw the ingredients into a bowl, top with dressing, and enjoy! It is a perfect mix for this time of year- baby romaine lettuce, dried cranberries, crumbled goat cheese, red onion, crushed walnuts, and apple slices. These ingredients are all easy to find and taste amazing when fresh! I am honestly surprised at how much I have been enjoying fruit in my salads lately- I stayed away from sweet salads for a very long time. It definitely depends on the dressing used, but now I actually think fruit can be a nice addition. For this salad, I have been using my Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar from Seasons Taproom. I mix 2 teaspoons of the vinegar with 2 teaspoons olive oil in a small bowl and whisk with a fork. Simply pour it over the assembled salad and toss around for a perfectly light dressing with a tangy twist. That vinaigrette dressing has got to be one of the easiest {and tastiest!} dressings I've ever made! I don't know about y'all, but I'm typically one to use a store-bought dressing instead of making my own. I didn't realize it could be this simple to make it yourself! I might have to look into that further.

Do you make your own dressing? What winter salad toppings are your favorite right now?


  1. Yum, this looks so good! You'll have to check out the recipe on my blog today:)

  2. love the added sweetness + crunch of apples in salads!


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