Crunchy Apple & Walnut Salad Delight

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Salads aren’t just for summer! As we transition into cooler months, it’s the perfect time to enjoy heartier, flavor-packed salads. And what could be more fitting for fall than a delicious Apple & Walnut Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette?

Why Arugula is Your Best Friend

Firstly, let’s talk about arugula. This leafy green is not only packed with nutrients, but it’s also super easy to grow. Whether in containers or your garden, arugula thrives in cooler weather. So, it’s a fantastic choice for a fall salad base.

The Magic of Seasoned Walnuts

Now, onto the walnuts. These aren’t just any walnuts; they’re honey and cinnamon seasoned. Baking them brings out a beautiful, crunchy texture and a rich, aromatic flavor that pairs wonderfully with the tart apples.

Tackling the Tartness: Preparing Your Apples

Speaking of apples, choosing tart varieties adds a delightful contrast to the salad. When combined with the crunch of the walnuts and the creaminess of the blue cheese, every bite is an adventure in taste.

Apple & Walnut Salad

A Quick Tip for Red Onions

Red onions can sometimes be a bit sharp. To soften their flavor, soak the slices in cold water for 10-15 minutes. This simple trick will make them the perfect addition to your salad.

Assembling Your Masterpiece

Once you’ve prepared your ingredients, assembling the salad is a breeze. Toss everything together, and you’re almost ready to serve. Remember, the dressing should be added just before serving to keep everything fresh and crisp.

The Perfect Dressing: White Balsamic Vinaigrette

The white balsamic vinaigrette is a showstopper. It’s sweet, tangy, and complements the salad ingredients beautifully. Plus, making it is a snap. Just whisk together the ingredients, and voila, you have the perfect dressing!

Serving and Enjoyment

This salad is best served fresh. Drizzle the vinaigrette, give it a gentle toss, and you’re ready to delight your guests. It’s a great way to showcase seasonal produce and bring a touch of gourmet to your autumn table.

Apple & Walnut Salad

Crunchy Apple & Walnut Salad Delight

Discover the perfect blend of flavors in our Apple Walnut Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette – a delightful mix of arugula, seasoned walnuts, tart apples, and blue cheese!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apples, walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette, salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 758kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 cups arugula rinsed and patted dry
  • 6 oz walnuts chopped
  • 2 tbsp honey preferably local
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tart apples cut in half, core removed, and cut into slices
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ small red onion sliced thin
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbled
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste

Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey preferably local
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl, toss walnuts with honey and cinnamon until evenly coated. Arrange walnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking mat. 
  • Place baking sheet in pre-heated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. 
  • While the walnuts are toasting, prepare the vinaigrette by combining the white balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, and garlic in a small glass bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until well combined. Taste and adjust other flavors, as desired. Set aside.
  • Add sliced apples to large salad bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Toss until well coated. Add arugula, seasoned walnuts, red onion slices, and blue cheese to bowl and gently toss to combine. 
  • Drizzle salad with a little vinaigrette right before serving and toss to combine. Serve immediately with remaining dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Notes

Arugula is extremely easy to grow from seed in containers or your garden. Plus, it grows best in the cooler months of spring or fall. For this reason, it is a great salad green to enjoy in hearty fall-themed salads like this one.
Tip: To remove the sharp taste from red onion, place the slices in a small bowl filled with cold water. Soak for 10-15 minutes. Remove from water and pay dry before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 758kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 23g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 753IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 2mg

Conclusion: A Salad to Remember

In conclusion, this Apple Walnut Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette is more than just a dish; it’s a celebration of fall flavors. It’s easy to make, delightful to eat, and perfect for any occasion. So, grab your apron, and let’s make salad season last all year long!

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