Mixed Greens' Salad With Apples and Maple-Walnut Oil Dressing

"From the August 2005 Cooking Light issue. The walnuts are my addition. Now that apple season is about upon us, it's time to sample different varieties. This salad recipe is a good start."
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  • In small glass bowl, prepare salad dressing first and set aside.
  • Use salad spinner to remove excess moisture from the greens.
  • *In large non-reactive serving bowl place the sliced apples and toss them with a little bit of apple cider to halt oxidizing.
  • Next, add the salad greens, a few tablespoons of the salad dressing and toss gently again with tongs to mix.
  • Serve remaining salad dressing on side along with the toasted walnuts if using.
  • *For best results, cut up apples and toss with the vinegar right before serving.

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  1. I made the mistake of making the dressing early to be ready to toss things together quickly when guests arrived. Big mistake : it was so good that I kept spooning it up and had to make more. Delicious.
  2. I agree that the dressing puts this over the top. Love, Love, Loved it. A friend game me some walnut oil and since I had previously purchased some pure maple syrup I decided to try this recipe. I am glad I now have a special use for both. I used artisian sald a blend of 4 lettuces and I used honey crisp apple. Yummy. Hmm the stars don't work I will have to return and put in 5 stars O I had to put them in 1 by 1- a crazy thing to have to do.
  3. Oh boy, I really loved this! The simplicity of the salad really allowed me to appreciate the richness of the toasted walnuts and the tang of the apples! But the real star here was the dressing...holy addictive, batman! At first taste I thought "eh, this is okay," but as dinner wore on I found myself pouring on more and more! The sweet/salty/astringent balance is absolutely perfect! I chose to use dijon mustard, as it was an ingredient in our entree and I thought it would work nicely. I agree with other posters that a bit of feta or gorgonzola would send this baby over the top, but as is I appreciate it for its vegan simplicity. Thanks for posting! Made for Veg*n Swap #19.
  4. Great recipe...along with the walnuts...we have added goat cheese with cranberries in it...crumbled that into the salad...it is a delicious addition.
  5. Served over greens topped with a mix of golden raisins, dried cherries & cranberries, clementine orange slices, walnuts & feta. Got rave reviews at our dinner party.


  1. I liked this recipe and the dressing was unique.The rich flavor allows you to only add a little dressing. I used Romaine lettuce instead of mixed greens which added a crunch to it. I am making it for an upcoming party. Thanks for sharing.
  2. This is a very tasty salad. The combination of sweet and tart are wonderful. I used prepackaged spring mix for the greens and toasted pecans instead of the walnuts. Everyone loved it! :)



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