Monday, October 6, 2014

Autumn Chopped Salad

I don't know about you, but I can eat salad anytime of the year.
Salads are extra good when you can incorporate the flavors of the season.

This Autumn Chopped Salad does just that.  Romaine lettuce and fresh spinach tossed with slices of Granny Smith apples, bacon bits, red onions, sugared walnut pieces, dried sweet cranberries and blue cheese.  All those delicious flavors drizzled with a home-made Balsamic Vinaigrette.  Delightful!

Are you ready for what you need?  Well, here ya go.

Ingredients for salad:
1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
2 cups chopped, fresh spinach
1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
1 3oz bacon bits
4 oz dried, sweet cranberries
3 1/2 oz sugar glazed walnut pieces
4 oz blue cheese crumbles
1/2 of a red onion, sliced
Ingredients for Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup olive oil
4 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Toss together all salad ingredients.  Whisk all vinaigrette ingredients together.  Drizzle dressing on top.  Serve.
Autumn Chopped Salad printable recipe

The dressing provides just the right amount of sweetness to all the textures and flavors 
found in this Autumn Chopped Salad.  Each forkful is a party in your mouth.  Crisp tart apples, sweet dried cranberries, salty bacon, the bite from blue cheese and the sweet, crunchy pieces of walnut all coated in that Balsamic Vinaigrette.  WOW!

Seasonal Simplicity in your salad!
Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,

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