Honeycrisp Apple and Mixed Greens Salad

Ingredients:

2 Honeycrisp Apples

1 Bag/Carton of pre-washed mixed spring or baby greens

Juice of a lemon

3/4 cup of dried cranberries

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

1/2 cup crumbled, crispy bacon

1/2 cup toasted, chopped walnut or pecans

Your favorite homemade or store-bought vinaigrette dressing

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Spread walnuts or pecans on a baking sheet and toast at 350 for 8 minutes

Slice your apples and toss in the lemon juice to avoid them turning brown

Remove nuts from oven and allow them time to cool while you assemble your salad

Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl, toss and serve

Variations/Suggestions

Rather than using plain nuts, you could candy your nuts by tossing them in a combination of melted butter and brown sugar prior to roasting. You can also buy a container of candied nuts if you don’t want to do your own.

Use goat cheese instead of blue cheese

Add roasted chicken pieces to turn this into an entree

This salad screams vinaigrette dressing. Don’t use Italian, ranch etc. just because it’s handy. I personally like raspberry vinaigrette with this.

Don’t substitute the Honeycrisp for another apple. Other, softer apples brown more quickly even with lemon juice and let’s face it, Honeycrisps and awesome.