It’s almost Turkey time! I love Thanksgiving 🦃and I am a fan of roasted turkey, but to be honest the most exciting thing on the Thanksgiving table to me is what you don’t expect! I like to change up the appetizers, the salads and the desserts every year.
I always pay special attention to the salads 🥗. Good, filling salads are a winning side dish on a holiday table, and they’re wonderful to keep in your back pocket if some of your Thanksgiving guests have dietary restrictions.
This particular salad is a wonderful celebration of the harvest and a perfect addition to any fall table 🍁. it’s delicious, it’s loaded with everything we love about fall, high in healthy fats and omega 3s, vitamins and minerals, packed with anti-oxidants, free of refined sugars, and free of any preservatives, because you will use homemade maple-balsamic dressing to season the salad (and you will make this dressing again and again as it’s lovely and addictive!).
Makes 6 servings
For the Salad:
6 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
1 large apple, cored and cut into thin slices
1/2 cup cheese of choice: some suggestions include feta, goat’s cheese, blue cheese, cheddar
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
For the Dressing:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Add lettuce, sliced apples, and cranberries to a salad bowl (make sure it’s big enough so that you can toss it)
Make the dressing: add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl, whisk them together, then add salt and pepper to taste.
Add cheese to your salad. If some of your guests don’t eat dairy, serve the salad with cheese on the side and let people add it to their own salad portions.
Drizzle the dressing on the salad, toss and serve.
I hope you enjoy this salad recipe and that it inspires you to add something healthy to your holiday table next week. What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Let us know in the comments!