1. Foodie Friday Apple, Goat Cheese, and Sesame Honey Almond Salad with Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Foodie Friday: Apple, Goat Cheese, and Sesame Honey Almond Salad with Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette

1. Foodie Friday Apple, Goat Cheese, and Sesame Honey Almond Salad with Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette

I LOVE salads.  I am not talking about a-lettuce-leaf-topped-with-a-few-carrots-no-croutons-and-dressing-on-the-side-salads.  I am talking about salads filled with lots personality and unexpected flavors.  Paired with crackers or a baguette, these salads are real meals in and of themselves (even for my 6’2″ husband!) or as a fantastic side to grilled meat.  Here is one of my more recent salad concoctions.

Apple, Goat Cheese, and Sesame Honey Almond Salad with Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Ingredients:

For the salad

  • 6-8 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup of chopped sesame honey almonds (available at Trader Joe’s)
  • 4 oz of crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 apple, diced

For the dressing

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup of red apple vinegar* (like this one here)
  • 1/2 cup of canola or vegetable oil
  • Dash of kosher salt
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon of minced shallot.  It provides an added layer of flavor and cuts the sweetness of the salad.

Combine all ingredients of the salad into a large bowl.  For the dressing, combine the dijon mustard, vinegar, and shallots (if using) into a small bowl.  Whisk together while slowly adding the oil.  Whisk until fully combined.

*To make flavored vinegars last longer, you can substitute part of the amount with plain balsamic.  For example, in this salad you can use 1/8 red apple vinegar and 1/8 regular balsamic.  This is also a good tactic if you find the salad is too sweet.  Just be sure to match up like kinds:  use white balsamic for lighter flavored vinegars and use dark balsamic only for richer flavored vinegars.

 2. Foodie Friday Apple, Goat Cheese, and Sesame Honey Almond Salad with Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette
3. Foodie Friday Apple, Goat Cheese, and Sesame Honey Almond Salad with Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette
4. Foodie Friday Apple, Goat Cheese, and Sesame Honey Almond Salad with Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette

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3 replies
  1. thefashionrealist
    thefashionrealist says:

    This looks so tasty!! I love eating salads…but unfortunately…I hate making them, haha. But I’m trying to break out of that and am on the hunt for yummy recipes!! This is definitely one I would love to try!!

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