These next couple weeks are CA-RAAAYYY-ZEEEE. I have 7 bajillion exams, activities, soirées, travels to and from home, and gym sessions (*fingers crossed*) to attend to. Meanwhile, I’m going to a Christmas centerpiece flowering arranging party with Bring-Your-Own-Wine by myself tonight. Because I feel like it. You’re all invited.
But, I’ve decided that’s what I love about the holidays. No time for idle hands! There is always the next task to do, the next present to wrap, the next Christmas movie to watch (The Santa Clause is my absolute favorite). I love to write my To-Do list in seasonally appropriate colors, add some candy cane stickers, and get to work! Mixing in some HUGE batch cooking every couple days is a must and adding a salad here and there never hurt anybody.
This has been my super secret Winter salad for years. And I’m now just sharing it with you because it’s PERFECT for a side at your holiday dinner table! Truth: I served it at Thanksgiving and a family party in the past month and the bowl was EMPTY before people could even go back for seconds. I feel like I’ve been keeping the world’s best kept secret. Ugh, such a sigh of relief to finally get this goodness out there.
Between this recipe and its summer counterpart, the SWAG salad, you can cause serious lunch envy at your desk every week. They’re similar in texture and flavor, but the maple dijon vinaigrette adds a warm, sweet deliciousness to balance out the tangy red onion and blue cheese. It’s an unbeatable combination! And it adds some depth so you don’t feel like you’re eating a *blah* salad during comfort food season.
Hope everyone’s holiday season has been full of sugarplums and fairies so far, and there are fun filled times with family and friends to come!
- 2 small granny smith apples, sliced thin
- 1 red onion, sliced thin
- ¾ cup walnuts
- 4 heads of butter lettuce, torn
- ¾ cup blue cheese crumbles
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Prepare your salad ingredients.
- To make the dressing, combine the garlic, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and maple syrup. Slowly add olive oil while whisking to combine thoroughly.
- Add dressing to lettuce, tossing lightly. NOTE: you may not need all the dressing, add slowly. You can always add more but you can't take it out!
- Plate your lettuce, top with apples, walnuts, red onion, and blue cheese.