Cran-Apple Feta Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Cran-Apple Feta Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
Although there are plenty of cookie recipes I could share with you, today I thought I'd give you a healthy recipe to get more greens into your diet this holiday season. Many of you will be attending potlucks where there are mounds and mounds of scrumptious, calorie-laden foods. Perhaps you could be the one to bring a delicious salad instead. This Cran-Apple Feta Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette is both pretty and a party of flavors all wrapped into one dish.
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.
Cran-Apple Feta Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
Cran-Apple Feta Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette 
(adapted from Southern Living)
Vinaigrette
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

Salad
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.
Cran-Apple Feta Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
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?

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12 comments:

  1. Oh, Nici , your salad looks delicious !!! I am big fan of spinach salad , cabbage and lettuce salad :-) .

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  2. Hi Nici,
    This looks yum, and it is definitely salad eating time here,so will definitely be trying this shortly,thank you.
    A following you in all ways that I can, from a brand new blog and all visits and follows will be most welcome and highly appreciated.
    I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.
    Love and best wishes.
    Anne

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  3. Thx for posting this on Show Stopper Saturday. After looking at so many desserts, this is refreshing! Love the combo of maple dijon dressing with fruit, nuts, cheese, and greens.
    Janet
    http://ouroneacrefarm.com/

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  4. Thank you for sharing this. I had something similar at a party and loved it!

    xo

    Sheila who is visiting from Brenda's

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  5. This salad loos great. I love anything with feta. How can you go wrong.
    Thanks for sharing, Coming over from Green Willow Pond.
    Bev

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  6. This looks wonderful. I can't wait to try it!

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  7. Looks delicious! Salads are a great way to sneak in some more veggies into my diet--especially around the holidays! Thanks so much for sharing this with my Frugal Crafty Home readers!

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  8. Hi Nici,
    Your salad looks so good, I am going to need a lot of salads after these holidays! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen

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  9. YUM! this looks like a great salad, thanks for sharing :) http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/

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  10. Look's beautiful,i might try it for lunch today. I love fruit with salad. Thanks!

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