A trip to your local farmer’s market or even the local grocery store brings delicious fresh produce just waiting to be devoured and experimented with in the kitchen. Sweet or tart fruits, luscious greens, and other hearty vegetables are healthy choices, and we love to make our own dressings or sauces to add just the right flavors to highlight each choice. A green salad with fruits, nuts, and cheese is an easy way to put together a meal. Adding an easy protein like a rotisserie chicken makes dinner a breeze. Give our spring salad a try tonight!
Spring Salad with Candied Walnuts
1 apple, chopped
1 cup grapes, halved
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 cup walnuts, halved
1 Tablespoon butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Edmond Fallot walnut vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon Edmond Fallot walnut mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Prepare the greens by rinsing them under water as needed. Make sure to remove excess water. Place in a large bowl.
Prepare apples and grapes according to directions, and place on top of the greens.
Candy the walnuts by placing the walnuts, butter, and sugar in a small pan over medium hear. Stir often until the sugar is melted and is coating the nuts. Quickly move the nuts out of the pan and onto wax paper, spreading around to avoid clumping. Allow to cool for at least five minutes until cool to touch and then place over the produce in the bowl.
To make the dressing, add all ingredients except the olive oil to a container with a tight fitting lid and shake until combined. Add olive oil to container and shake again, working to emulsify the dressing until it reaches a creamy consistency. Pour over salad and toss to coat. The fruits and nuts will fall to the bottom of your bowl, so make sure to scoop them back up to the top.
Note #1: Most supermarkets carry chilled rotisserie chicken that can easily be shredded once it has reached close to a room temperature. This is an excellent topping for a salad like this.
Note #2: If you make the dressing in advance or don’t use all of it at once, it can be refrigerated. Make sure to pull the dressing out in advance so it has time to reach room temperature.