Salads are one of my favorite meals! I eat them year round. Funny thing though, I had never made my own salad dressing until recently. I have always used the store-bought, even knowing it wasn't as tasty or good for you. After making this apple cider vinaigrette, I'm thinking I need to branch out and keep trying other homemade types.
Out of nowhere I had a hankering for the salad pictured below paired with an apple cider dressing. I had never had this particular dressing but for some reason I wanted it and couldn't stop thinking about it! A quick google search led me to a recipe from Pioneer Woman.
All pantry and fridge staples! Easy enough!
Apple Cider VinaigretteAdapted from Pioneerwoman.com
Add all ingredients to container and shake well.
My favorite way to dress up salads are to add lots of toppings. Mine usually end up with more toppings than greens, though! Once when I was little, on a Saturday morning, I decided I would make a salad- but without the lettuce. The toppings were my favorite part back then, too. Except then I loved a lot of dressing. These days, I can only tolerate a very small amount. This particular morning I made up a salad in a little bowl using far too much ranch and western dressing, many handfuls of sunflower seeds, and some carrots, I think. When Mom found me with my salad, I had to sit at the table until it was finished. And let me tell ya, it didn't turn out to be as good as I imagined. I think that may have been my transition into backing off on the dressing ;)
Apple, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- few handfuls of spring greens
- 1/2 pink lady apple, cut up in chunks (any flavor apple is fine)
- handful of red grapes
- sprinkling of blue cheese crumbles
- handful of dried cranberries
- handful of dried cherries
- handful walnuts or pecans
- handful sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
- drizzle of apple cider vinaigrette