Honeycrisp Apple Salad
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
This gorgeous Honeycrisp Apple Salad is full of flavor and texture, with fresh apple slices, crunchy toasted pecans, chewy dried cranberries, zippy blue cheese, and a tangy-sweet apple cider vinaigrette!
1/2 cup light vegetable oil (such as sunflower or safflower) OR extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 /4 cup unsweetened apple juice or apple cider
2 to 3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 medium Honeycrisp apples (about 1 pound), thinly sliced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
12 ounces salad greens (spring mix, baby spinach, arugula, baby romaine, or a combo of your favorites)
1 cup pecan halves, toasted or candied
3/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
To prepare Apple Cider Vinaigrette, measure oil, apple cider vinegar, apple juice/cider, honey, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into a mason jar. Tightly screw on lid and shake vigorously until everything is thoroughly combined. Alternatively, you may briskly whisk the ingredients together in a medium bowl, or blend them in a blender or mini food processor.
Place apple slices in a large plastic baggie and squeeze the fresh lemon juice (from the lemon half) over them. Close bag and shake to coat. In a large salad bowl, layer salad greens, apple slices, pecans, dried cranberries, and blue cheese. Just before serving, dress with desired amount of Apple Cider Vinaigrette and toss until salad ingredients are evenly coated.