I've only served this salad to two people and both of them loved it. Salad doesn't often generate any comments from manservant, but this one did. "Look, I finished all that was left in the bowl!" as if he wanted a gold star. "I really liked this salad. Why can't you make more like this?" he asked. I served it to my daughter, who is now home, the next night. "This is a really good salad", she said. Their words sound like they come from the same family, don't they? Good thing, they do.
Whatever. It is a good salad. One doesn't always need a cranberry relish. This salad combines fresh, crisp, rosy red cranberries with fresh greens, sweet apples and crunchy walnuts. It is a great Fall salad and one that would be colorful enough for your Christmas holiday table, too. You can even put a bag of cranberries in the freezer and use those to make this salad for some fun in the summer. Feel free to add some blue cheese. Some goat cheese. That is if you want a substantial salad. But this beauty is good all on its own.
Now one thing I am wishing for, but not counting on, this holiday season is lights. The pictures of this salad could have been a whole lot better. So, you will have to trust me on this. We are on that level, aren't we? This salad is so much prettier when you make it yourself. The red of the cranberries contrasts so vividly with the greens. This is a salad that satisfies the senses. It tastes great and it looks spectacular. Plus we all need something that is a bit healthy on our holiday table, right?
And just to let you know, we had a visitor at our front door. He left these telltale signs in the snow. Be careful, my turkey friend. Someone might get the wrong idea.
But back to salad. Eat it. It is good for you. And good, too. Yeah. Right. And just wondering? What is your favorite salad for turkey day?
Cranberry, Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts
1 1/2 c coarsely chopped cranberries
3 T sugar
2 T fresh lime juice
2 t Dijon mustard
1/2 c virgin olive oil, walnut oil or hazel nut oil
1 c chopped toasted walnuts or hazelnuts
2 large apples cored and coarsely chopped
1/4 c sliced green onions
1 head romaine or 1 bag baby greens
For garnish: some zested lime
Directions: In a small bowl, combine cranberries and sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
In a medium bowl, mix lime juice and mustard. Add oil in slow stream, whisking to form an emulsion. Marinate nuts, apples and onions in this dressing for 1-4 hours.
To serve: Line a bowl with romaine. Or put your baby greens in the bowl. Make a well in the middle of the greens. Spoon in apple mixture. Make a well in the apples and spoon in cranberries. Or just toss all together. I like this seasoned with a touch of salt. Garnish with grated lime zest.
More great dishes for Thanksgivingkuh:
Pumpkin Brown Sugar Muffins
Simple Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
Cranberry Chipotle Wonton Cups
Mushroom Lover's Pastry
3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip
Smoky Pumpkin Hummus
Dried fruit Salami
Smoked Trout Pate
Hot Brown Sandwich
My Mother's Brisket
Shortbread Nut Bars
Frozen Cranberry Salad
Brown Sugar Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze
Green Onion Garlic Chive Corn Bread
Onion Lover's Twist
Gingerbread Pear Upside Down Skillet Cake