Apple Cranberry Winter Salad

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I first created this salad to take to Thanksgiving dinner and I have made it again and again this winter. I love it for so many reasons! First, it’s so simple to throw together. Second, it’s so fresh, which I think we all crave after the holidays. Third, it is a delicious side dish or add some grilled chicken breast and it is a full meal. I hope you enjoy this Apple Cranberry Winter Salad as much as we do!

Apple Cranberry Winter Salad - Crazy4Smiths

The ingredients are all optional, so if there is something you don’t like, leave it out. If there is something you love, add more of it. (Please note that I forgot to include bacon in this photo. Trust me, you don’t want to forget the bacon!)

Apple Cranberry Winter Salad - Crazy4Smiths

First, I chop the apples into bite size pieces and soak them for about 5 minutes in a mixture of cold water and lemon juice. Honestly, I never measure it, but I would say it’s 3 parts water to 1 part lemon juice. This step is just to keep the apples from going brown.

Apple Cranberry Winter Salad - Crazy4Smiths

Next, I toast the walnuts with a little butter, sugar and cinnamon in a frying pan on the stove. I love the slight sweetness and wonderful flavor this adds to the salad. They are SO yummy! Actually, these are so addicting, that I eat them right off the pan and I have to be careful to not eat all of them before the salad is finished!

Apple Cranberry Winter Salad - Crazy4Smiths

Finally, cook the bacon until crisp, then cut or crumble it into bite-size pieces. Next, just toss the mixed greens, apples, bacon, walnuts, dried cranberries and feta cheese together in a big bowl. Last, drizzle with my new favorite salad dressing! I found this Marzetti Simple Dressed Pomegranate Vinaigrette at Smiths (near the salad in the produce department) and it is the perfect compliment to this salad! I think it has the perfect balance of tang and sweet and the pomegranate compliments the other “winter” flavors in the salad so well.

Apple Cranberry Winter Salad - Crazy4Smiths

Give it a try! I have had nothing but great reviews from everyone who has tried this salad.

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