Apple Harvest Salad

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One of the coolest things about the house we live in, is it’s on some land that has tons of fruit and nut trees, mostly apples, pears, plums and walnuts.  When we showed up from Houston, our German landlords probably thought we were nuts.  It was like we were just discovering that apples grew on trees!  We went a little crazy picking apples and walnuts.  And as you can see, you need a glass or two of wine to crack an entire bucket of walnuts!

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This has been my go-to lunch salad lately.  It’s a great way to throw in some of our backyard bounty, and is truly such a great and simple salad for fall!  The stars of the show are apples and walnuts, of course, as well as fresh goat cheese, bacon, and a really delicious maple balsamic dressing.  Serve it up with grilled chicken or salmon, and you’ve got a super simple and satisfying meal.

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Apple Harvest Salad

INGREDIENTS

1 large head of butter lettuce, or another mild lettuce.  Should equal about 8 cups unpacked.  You may require 2 heads of lettuce, depending on the size
1 sweet apple, similar to gala or honeycrisp, thinly sliced
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
6 slices bacon
4 tablespoons hemp seeds
1/4 cup Maple Balsamic Dressing
1/2 cup Honey Spiced Walnuts

METHOD

Start by rinsing and drying your lettuce leaves. You want to make sure your lettuce is good and dry prior to putting you salad together, so either allow for enough time to dry, or use a salad-spinner to get all the water off.

Next, fry bacon on medium high heat until crispy.  Allow them to cool and drain on a paper towel before chopping or crumbling.

In a large salad bowl, tear or chop the lettuce leaves into large, but bite-size pieces.  I prefer to toss the lettuce in with the dressing prior to adding all the goodies.  So at this point, I would drizzle on the dressing.  Tip:  You might try adding just 1/2 the dressing in, tossing, and tasting to determine if you want to use less or more.  You don’t want soggy lettuce, so go for less and then you can add more if necessary.

Once you’ve tossed the lettuce with the dressing, add in apple slices, crumbled goat cheese, bacon, Honey Spiced Walnuts, and hemp seeds.  Lightly toss to combine the rest of the ingredients.  Dig in, and try to not become addicted to this salad!

MACROS: Calories 289, Fat 21g, Carbohydrates 13g, Protein 14g

Maple Balsamic Dressing

This dressing is perfect for a fall salad, especially this Apple Harvest Salad, or drizzled on veggies for roasting.

INGREDIENTS: 

2/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD: 

Combine all ingredients, stir well or shake and salt and pepper to taste.