In The Kitchen: Red Onion & Apple Salad

Dec 29th

 

This is one of my favorite salads ever and it’s all because of the dressing. We served it at Thanksgiving and served it for my family’s Christmas celebration. The salad is inspired by one my sister-in-law found years ago and continues to serve. What makes it extra special is the dressing, in which the recipe is below. The original salad calls for romaine, pecans, red onions and apples. However, this year we added a little more to it! The idea was to make almost a waldorf salad but using a lighter dressing than this one. The best part is though it’s geared for the holidays it can be made year-round. Can we talk about how refreshing it is with a cold class of white wine? It’s also very easy to put together and great for entertaining! Almost a requirement when cooking! Do you have any favorite salad recipes?

Dressing:

  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Salad:

  • 5 hearts of romaine, washed and chopped
  • 5 gala apples, chopped into cubes
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup red grapes, chopped in half
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin

Start by making your dressing. I used a little more apple juice concentrate than the recipe calls for. 

Chop your apples. (and have some wine) Place your apples in the dressing so they don’t brown.

Chop and wash your romaine. Add in some dried cranberries and walnuts. 

Add in some red grapes chopped in half. 

Finally add in your apples, onions and a little feta cheese. 

Toss and serve! Looks so pretty, right?