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Apple Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!

Apple Salad is irresistibly crunchy, recent, and vibrant and belongs in your desk this Thanksgiving and all Autumn lengthy!


This Apple Salad is bursting with apples, cranberries, candied walnuts, bacon, and feta all drizzled with candy and tangy Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette.  Its a refreshing stability of candy and savory and lovely for particular events however straightforward sufficient for on a regular basis.  And you’ll need to this Apple Walnut Salad day by day.  Its the right addition to your Thanksgiving feast as a result of not solely is it delicious and deceptively refined, however it will probably all be ready beforehand with the exception of slicing the apples for a NO STRESS aspect that everybody will rave about!

Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!

About Apple Salad

Do you say Autumn or Fall?  I’ve all the time stated Fall as a result of that’s how I grew up.  I feel it have to be a location factor.  By saying “Autumn,” nevertheless, I someway really feel extra refined  – the facility of 1 phrase. So I’m pretending for this publish that I say Autumn only for make consider sophistication kicks – as a result of look how refined this Apple Salad seems?!

However its additionally pretending.  This Apple Salad requires no refined expertise to organize however tastes like a salad from the best restaurant.  The salad is bursting with candy and crunchy apples, juicy dried cranberries, salty, crispy bacon, crunchy pink bell peppers, creamy feta and candied walnuts.  Simply think about all that – in a single chew!

 

Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!

INGREDIENTS YOU’ll NEED FOR APPLE SALAD:

  • romaine lettuce:  you’ll be able to substitute a spring salad combine or your favourite greens for the romaine and spinach
  • child spinach
  • 2  apples: it would be best to select a candy apple (Fuji are my fav) to enrich the salty bacon and tangy pink onions.  You possibly can slice your apples or chop them into chunks – completely private choice.
  • dried cranberries:  dried cranberries simply scream autumn to me!  You’ll be able to substitute them for different dried fruit comparable to dried cherries or apricots when you choose. 
  • bacon:  I like thick minimize bacon for its additional taste and since it’s hearty sufficient to face as much as the dressing with out fast turning into soggy.
  • purple bell pepper:  you’ll be able to substitute or add in our favourite veggies or no matter you’ve got available reminiscent of cucumbers or broccoli.

Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!

  • pink onion:  I feel pink onion is a should on this Apple Salad or else the salad is just too candy.  You’ll be able to chop your purple onion for those who favor – thinly slicing is strictly for presentation as a result of they appear lovely with thinly sliced apples. 
  • feta cheese:  you need to use your favourite crumbled cheese comparable to goat cheese or Gorgonzola.  
  • caramelized walnuts:  the caramelized walnuts add a candy addicting crunch that might be your favourite a part of the salad!  I exploit my 5 Minute Caramelized Nuts on this Apple Salad as a result of it actually lakes 5 minutes and the nuts emerge superbly caramelized, candy and crunchy each time.  I selected to caramelize walnuts however you possibly can swap them for pecans. 

The elements for this Apple Salad are fairly simple.  Simply the caramelized walnuts and bacon require an additional step (to make this the Greatest Apple Salad ever!)

Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!

How do you make Inexperienced Apple Salad?

  1. Make Dressing: Whisk all of the Apple Dressing components collectively in a bowl or shake in a jar.  We need to make the dressing first so it has time to relax and the flavors to meld.
  2. Prepare dinner Bacon:  Low and sluggish is the easiest way to prepare dinner bacon so the fats has time to render.  Switch cooked bacon to paper towels to empty extra grease.
  3. Caramelize Nuts:  Add butter, sugar, and walnuts to a saucepan and let the magic occur.  I wish to roughly chop my nuts as soon as cooled.
  4. Assemble:  Toss all the Apple Salad components collectively in a big bowl. You possibly can both drizzle with desired quantity of dressing and toss to mix (ONLY in case you are consuming instantly and don’t anticipate leftovers) OR for those who anticipate leftovers, serve the dressing on the aspect.
  5. EAT!

Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!

Ideas and Tips for Apple Salad

  • Can I make my dressing forward of time?:  Sure!  Make the Apple Dressing first so it has time to relax and the flavors develop.  Not one likes heat salad dressing!  It’s also possible to make it as much as 5 days prematurely and retailer within the fridge.
  • Can I make my dressing sweeter? :  I might begin with one tablespoon sugar than add further sugar one tablespoon at a time to succeed in desired tangy sweetness.
  • Can I Prep the Salad Forward of Time?:  You’ll be able to put together the dressing, bacon, caramelized walnuts, pink bell peppers and purple onions the day earlier than so all that’s left to do is chop 2 apples  – that’s it for for a simple aspect that doesn’t require the oven.
  • Can I exploit totally different nuts?  You’ll be able to swap the walnuts for pecans when you want.  When you don’t need to caramelize your personal nuts, then you should purchase them at specialty shops reminiscent of Dealer Joes.
  • Can I add different greens?  Sure!  Cucumbers, shredded carrots, broccoli, and so on. would all be scrumptious.
  • Can I add protein?   Completely !  Make this Apple Salad a major dish by including hen, shrimp or tofu.
  • Can I add grains?  I feel this Apple Salad can be excellent with the addition of cooked quinoa or wild rice – yum!
  • Can I exploit a unique cheese?  You’ll be able to any delicate crumbly cheese corresponding to goat cheese, blue blue cheese or Gorgonzola.
  • Can I double this recipe?    This Apple Salad is straightforward to double the recipe for a crowd or minimize it in half for lunches.

Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!

How do I maintain Apples from Turning Brown?

  1. My favourite option to hold apples from oxidizing and turning brown after slicing is to place them in a bowl of apple juice.  This manner they don’t grow to be bitter like soaking in lemon juice can do.
  2. Alternatively, you’ll be able to toss them in a number of the dressing as a result of the apple cider vinegar will assist hold them recent.
  3. Thirdly, In the event you solely have lemon juice available, then combine 1/2 cup water and a couple of tablespoons lemon after which toss your apples within the combination.

All of those strategies will extend the oxidation course of, however you continue to need to slice your apples as near serving as attainable.

 

Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!

Apple Dressing

The Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette is a fast whisk of apple cider vinegar, honey, sugar, dry minced onion and olive oil and tastes like gloriously refreshing candy and tangy apples and poppy seeds.  And only a observe – I used to be questioning why my dressing was wanting type of inexperienced – however then I remembered from kindergarten that yellow honey/apple cider vinegar  + blue poppy seeds = considerably inexperienced AH-mazing  dressing.

Toss all of the deliciousness collectively and you’ve got a concord of taste and texture that is so drool worthy, you gained’t be capable of cease crunching its heavenly goodness.  When’s the final time you chilly say that a few salad?!

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Apple Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

This Apple Salad is bursting with apples, cranberries, candied walnuts, bacon, and feta all drizzled with candy and tangy Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette.  Its a refreshing stability of candy and savory and lovely for particular events however straightforward sufficient for on a regular basis.  And you will need to this Apple Walnut Salad daily.  Its the right addition to your Thanksgiving feast as a result of not solely is it delicious and deceptively refined, however it may all be ready beforehand with the exception of slicing the apples for a NO STRESS aspect that everybody will rave about!

Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!

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Components

Apple Cranberry Bacon Salad

  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • eight oz. child spinach
  • 2 Fuji or honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 pink bell pepper, chopped
  • half small purple onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/Three cup feta cheese crumbles
  • Three/Four cup Recipe Caramelized Walnuts

Apple Poppy Seed Dressing

  • Three-Four tablespoons apple cider vinegar (relying on how “tangy” you need it)
  • 1/Four cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons sugar kind of to style
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • half teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry minced onion
  • Three/Four cup additional virgin olive oil

Components

Apple Cranberry Bacon Salad

  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • eight oz. child spinach
  • 2 Fuji or honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 purple bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small purple onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/Three cup feta cheese crumbles
  • Three/Four cup Recipe Caramelized Walnuts

Apple Poppy Seed Dressing

  • Three-Four tablespoons apple cider vinegar (relying on how “tangy” you need it)
  • 1/Four cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons sugar kind of to style
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • half teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry minced onion
  • Three/Four cup additional virgin olive oil
Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!

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Directions

  1. Add all the dressing components to a medium bowl and whisk to mix or shake in a mason jar. Refrigerate when you put together the salad components then whisk/shake once more earlier than drizzling over salad. The dressing may be made as much as every week prematurely.

  2. When able to serve, toss all the salad components collectively in a big bowl. You possibly can both drizzle with desired quantity of dressing and toss to mix or in case you anticipate leftovers, drizzle particular person salad servings with dressing.

Recipe Notes

All elements are a suggestion. Add kind of of your favourite salad fixings!
*The caramelized nuts recipe makes 1 cup nuts. I recommend making 1 cup caramelized walnuts and utilizing the specified quantity within the salad and consuming/storing the remaining ?

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