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Apple Walnuts Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

This apple-walnuts salad packs a lot of flavor into each bite with  peppery arugula, seasoned walnuts, tart apples, sharp blue cheese, and slightly sweet maple vinaigrette.

Tip:  To keep the flavors in balance, the strong bite of the red onion is tamed by soaking in cold water for a few minutes.

Did you know?  Arugula is extremely easy to grow from seed in containers or your garden. Plus, it grows best in the cooler shoulder seasons of spring or fall. For this reason, it is a great salad green to enjoy in hearty fall-themed salads like this one.

 

 

Apple Walnuts Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Ingredients

  • 4 c. arugula, rinsed and patted dry
  • 6 oz. chopped walnuts
  • 2 T. white sugar
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 2 tart apples, cut in half, core removed, and cut into thin slices
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 oz. blue cheese crumbles
  • ½ small red onion, cut into thin rings
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Vinaigrette
  • ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼. c. maple syrup
  • 2 t. Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To remove sharp taste from red onion, place the slices in a small glass bowl filled with cold water. Soak for 10-15 minutes. Remove from water and place on folded paper towels to dry.
  3. In a small bowl, toss walnuts with sugar and cinnamon. Arrange walnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  4. To make the vinaigrette, combine the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and garlic in a small glass bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Adjust other flavors, as desired.
  5. Add sliced apples to large glass salad bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Toss with your hands until well coated. Add arugula, seasoned walnuts, and blue cheese to bowl and gently toss to combine all ingredients.
  6. Drizzle salad with a little vinaigrette right before serving and toss to combine.
  7. Arrange salad on individual plates and top each with 2 – 3 red onion slices. Serve with additional dressing on the side.
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