No matter what the season is outside I can always go for a salad. I really enjoy them whether on their own, or accompanied with a meal. I feel compelled to always use what is fresh and completely in season to result in bright flavors that liven up a palate. My mother-in-law says that I make the best salads and to be honest I find that as a huge compliment. Salads can be wonderful and exciting and way too often overlooked. Making a great salad is not too difficult. When I go anywhere and see a bowl of lettuce with dried out veggies on it placed next to a bottle of store bought dressing I cringe. Personally I find it a crime, but to each their own – if only everyone could open their eyes and mind to the endless possibilities of a salad and how wonderful they can be. Maybe they would find the excitement of them that I do. I always say that you should really “taste” you food and not eat from your memory. This is the perfect opportunity to give it a try. A salad with the flavors of fall is exciting, “taste” it and you can be the judge.
Fresh Fall Salad (feeds 4)
1 small head of Red Leave Lettuce (trimmed, washed, and chopped small)
1 Apple (Pink Lady or Honey Crisp) sliced and chopped
1/3 cup of Pomegranate Seeds
1 ½ cups of walnuts, freshly toasted and chopped
4 oz of fresh goat cheese, crumbled
3 tbsp of olive oil
2 tbsp of red wine vinegar
1 tsp of Dijon mustard
1 tsp of honey
Sea Salt and Fresh Black Pepper to taste
First; make your dressing by placing your olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey in a small bowl. Wisk it all the ingredients together until it appears to be uniform and well mixed. Season with the sea salt & the black pepper and set aside.
Next; in a large serving bowl add your lettuce, apple, pomegranate seeds, and walnuts. Drizzle a bit of your dressing on it at a time and toss well. You are looking to lightly coat your salad with the dressing and not overload it. .
Finally; to serve the salad sprinkle it with the goat cheese before portioning it onto the plates. It is great when served with some bread, or on the side of a meal.