Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long!
Do you say Autumn or Fall? I’ve always said Fall because that’s how I grew up. I think it must be a location thing. By saying “Autumn,” however, I somehow feel more sophisticated – the power of one word. So I’m pretending for this post that I say Autumn just for make believe sophistication kicks – because look how sophisticated this salad looks?!
But its also pretending. It takes no sophisticated skilled effort to prepare but tastes like a salad from the finest restaurant. The salad is bursting with sweet and crunchy apples, juicy dried cranberries, salty, crispy bacon, crunchy red bell peppers, creamy feta and candied walnuts. Just imagine all that – in one bite!
The dressing is a quick whisk of apple cider vinegar, honey, sugar, dry minced onion and olive oil and tastes like gloriously refreshing sweet and tangy apples and poppy seeds. And just a note – I was wondering why my dressing was looking kind of green – but then I remembered from kindergarten that yellow honey/apple cider vinegar + blue poppy seeds = somewhat green AH-mazing dressing.
Toss all the deliciousness together and you have a harmony of flavor and texture that is so drool worthy, you won’t be able to stop crunching its heavenly goodness. When’s the last time you cold say that about a salad?!
This Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad would be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving feast because not only is it scrumptious and deceptively sophisticated, but it can all be prepared beforehand with the exception of slicing the apples for a NO STRESS side that everyone will rave about.
I hope you make this salad again and again this Autumn or Fall or whenever so you can love it again and again!
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