AKA My New Favorite Salad.
I’m gonna tell you right off the bat here my basic formula for a great salad. Mixed Greens + Fruit + Cheese + Nuts + Dressing. Other vegetables usually not necessary. Sometimes I’ll add chicken or some other kind of meat. I have lots of favorite salads but almost all of them follow this basic formula.
What makes this my new favorite salad is the dressing. I make my own dressing a lot of the time. The ratio for a basic vinaigrette is easy to remember – 3:1. 3 parts oil to 1 part acid. The acid is usually vinegar but it can also be lemon juice or something else that’s similarly sour. In this case we’re going to make cranberry vinegar for our acid.
In one easy step we get cranberry infused vinegar and plump, juicy cranberries for our salad. Simply put 1/3 cup Craisins in a small, microwave safe bowl and pour 3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 Tbsp water over them. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and nuke on high for 1 minute. The craisins will absorb some of the liquid and the remaining vinegar will be nice and rosy pink and cranberry…y. Super yummy on our salad with Honeycrisp apples, pecans, and freshly crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese. Enjoy!
6 cups Mixed Greens, rinsed and dried
1 Honeycrisp Apple, sliced
1/3 cup Pecans, chopped
1/2 cup Gorgonzola Cheese, crumbled (buy the wedge – not the pre-crumbled stuff – it’s much better and lasts longer)
1/3 cup Craisins
3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp Water
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Whole Grain Mustard
3/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Combine craisins, vinegar, and water in a small, microwave safe bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for one minute. Allow to cool for a couple minutes.
Remove craisins from remaining liquid.
Combine greens, apple slices, pecans, gorgonzola, and craisins.
Add mustard and lemon juice to cranberry vinegar. Drizzle in olive oil while whisking to get dressing emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Makes 4 side salads or 2 main dish salads. Also great with grilled chicken breast.