Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Carver's Salad with Honey Cider Dressing

Carver's Salad with Honey Cider Dressing recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Crisp baby spinach, spring mix lettuces, tart apples, sweet raisins, crunchy almonds and the ultimate honey cider salad dressing all combined to create a fantastic fall salad. I've already made this salad three times over the past month. The dressing is wonderful and the combination of flavors with the rest of the salad makes this one of my all-time favorites.

I was determined to serve this with my Thanksgiving dinner this year. So, I've been playing with ways to make the salad in advance and still keep the apples fresh. (Like most people I know, making many of the Thanksgiving dishes in advance keeps me the happiest!) Everything I tried initially, changed the flavor of the salad too much. Luckily, apple cider vinegar did the trick and after 36 hours in the fridge, the salad still had apples that were crisp, white and lovely.

Carver's Salad
recipe adapted from Apron Appeal
(printable recipe)

SALAD:
3-4 oz baby spinach leaves, this was 2 large handfuls
3-4 oz spring mix lettuces, this was 2 large handfuls
1 - 1 1/2 cups raisins
3/4 - 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
3 granny smith apples, * very thinly sliced, I cut medium size apples into about 40 slices each

HONEY CIDER DRESSING:
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons finely minced yellow onion
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3/4 cup light flavor olive oil

In a small glass bowl, warm the honey and the vinegar in the microwave. Stir together until the honey dissolves. Place the other dressing ingredients together into the pitcher of the blender. Add the honey mixture and blend until thoroughly combined. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

In a skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds until they are fragrant and browned. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. In a large bowl or on a platter, combine the spinach, lettuces, raisins, almonds and apple slices. Drizzle with dressing just before serving.

*If you would like to prepare this in advance, I recommend treating the apples to avoid browning. As you are slicing them, place them directly into a small bowl filled with 2 cups of cold water and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. Soak them for about 5 minutes and then drain. Blot dry with a cloth or paper towels.

Carver's Salad with Honey Cider Dressing recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

19 comments:

  1. I never think about serving a salad for Thanksgiving, but this sounds like a great choice. It's nice and light with some sweet and nutty flavors. I love this one!

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  2. I love that this salad has all of my favorite fall flavors in every bite! And tons of great texture from all the different components. Winner.

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  3. Please tell me you'll post a stuffing recipe!

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  4. That looks wonderful - I'm really craving salads at the moment so guess what's for supper! thanks for a lovely recipe
    Mary x

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  5. Your salad is brilliant, I'm definitely going to use that cider vinegar trick. The light in your photographs is beautiful...it's raining here :(

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  6. That looks great!! I eat a lot of salads and never remember to put apples on them.

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  7. What a beautiful and delicious salad!

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  8. An apple spinach salad is one of my favorites! The dressing sounds fantastic.
    I posted a response to your question about warm egg white meringue. I have never heard of it but did check out the link. I always use room temperature eggs but am intrigued about the lack of sweating. Very interesting! My thought is it's worth a try. Thanks for sending me the link. Spam away anytime! ha-ha Have a great day.

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  9. I love the combination of this simple salad. So fresh and delicious.

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  10. What a perfect fall salad. Now if only you could come over and cook for me tonight! This looks too good. Thank you for sharing with me...and thank you for visiting my blog! Your words mean a lot to me! I hope you have a great week!

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  11. What a beautiful salad Mary, and I love the sound of the honey cider dressing...beautiful pictures!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :-)

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  12. Looks delish! Totally gonna try your dressing!

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  13. This salad is beautiful. I bet is really tasty. I love the pictures, the colors are great.

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  14. This salad looks and sounds amazing. Plan on delivering any of this??? : )

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  15. Lovely!! I adore salads like this.. so fresh and healthy and oh so delicious!

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  16. Look how totally behind I am in my google reader! :) Thanks for hat tip....but now I'm hungry. I KNOW how good this one tastes. I also love the apple preservation idea. NICE!

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  17. This salad, especially the dressing, is delicious! I just had it tonight for dinner. It's great as written but tonight I subbed pears for the apples, cranberries for the raisins and pecans for the almonds. Tossed them over a kale/spinach mix. Yum!

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  18. I make this… with avocados and shrimp added!

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  19. I made this salad for Christmas and it was a huge hit!

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