Apple Walnut Salad

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My thoughts on salad used to be so limited . . . fruit or green. That’s what I figured the choices were. Over the years I’ve discovered all kinds: pasta, spinach, potato, chicken, taco, peach, egg. And silly me, I used to think that fruit belonged in fruit salad and vegetables in green salad. Ha! Did I have a lot to learn! Now I mix things up. I’m livin’ on the edge. It’s chaos, baby! And I love it!!

 

Salad:

6 c spinach leaves

2 apples, chopped (gala, fuji, or golden delicious)

4 T chopped red onion

½ c chopped walnuts, toasted*

 

Dressing:

3 T extra-virgin olive oil

2 T lemon juice

1 T apple cider vinegar

2 T honey

salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Toss salad ingredients in large bowl. Whisk dressing ingredients in separate bowl. Pour dressing over salad and serve immediately.

 

*To toast nuts, spread in single layer on baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.

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4 Responses to Apple Walnut Salad

  1. Karen says:

    This is going to be my lunch today, with some left-over smoked chicken. The dressing sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Carol says:

      Oh yeah . . . add chicken and it is a meal! Nice!! Smoked chicken sounds incredible. Do you have a smoker? I joked with my husband that I need to become a “smoker” because I do love smoked meats. Haha!

      • Terri says:

        Hmmm….I need to become a smoker, too. We’ve smoked some stuff on our grill with wood pellets, but we don’t have an official smoker. Nothing to use for the hours and hours required for really great smoking. However, the ribs that we smoked on our grill actually ended up with a “smoke ring”. We were so excited!

        But, speaking of your salad, it looks soooo delicious.

        • Carol says:

          Sounds like you have all the qualities it takes to be a good smoker. 😉 I mean, only the pros can create a smoke ring. (I’m picturing a cigar smoke ring right now. Haha!) I’m indeed impressed with your actual wood smoking skills. You do it all!! Oh, and I love when you stop by. You always make me laugh too!!

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