Cran-Apple Feta Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
Of course, your choice of greens is totally up to you, but I had romaine lettuce on hand when I made this salad. I think I've shared before that I LOVE Feta cheese, so this salad made my taste buds smile.
(adapted from Southern Living)
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2/3 cup olive oil
1 (10 oz.) package baby spinach or mixed greens (I used 2 chopped Romaine lettuce hearts)
1 Gala apple, sliced thin
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup broken pecan pieces (glazed pecans would be delicious too)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, or goat cheese
chopped green onions or sliced red onion, if desired
In a mason jar with lid, prepare vinaigrette by pouring in the cider vinegar, syrup, mustard, oil, salt and pepper. Replace the lid and shake the dressing vigorously to combine the ingredients; set aside. In large bowl, combine the greens, sliced apple, sliced onions, cranberries and feta cheese. Drizzle desired amount of vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with pecans and serve with leftover dressing.
I get in such a rut with salads, almost always serving Ranch or Italian dressings with them. I was so excited to discover this maple vinaigrette flavor combination in an old magazine clipping from years ago. The sweet and tart flavors blend perfectly for a delightful salad, sure to please your guests. Do you experiment with salad dressings? Or do you get stuck in a dressing rut too? What's your favorite way to top a salad?