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This fresh apple harvest salad is drizzled with an incredible homemade apple vinaigrette recipe! Made with only 5 simple ingredients and in under 5 minutes!
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Who has their Thanksgiving assignments already? Hopefully a lot of you because this is IT. The major countdown has begun and if you are anything like me you are running around in a panic trying to decide what to make.
I am in charge of the salad this year and wanted to bring something that really was a show stopper, but also do not want to spend more than a few minutes prepping. When walking into the grocery store to see what is in season and was hit in the face with dozens of different apples. I instantly knew that was what I wanted as the star of my dish!
Homemade Apple Vinaigrette
To me, holiday cooking is all about adding special touches to your meals and using quality ingredients that are sure to impress. It is the one time of year you want your food to feel special because you are sharing it with the most important people in your life.
I instantly reached for Pompeian Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to be the star of a vinaigrette. I knew this unique twist would send this salad over the top. Pompeian is commitment to quality and authenticity can be tasted in each and every bottle. The rest of the ingredients are pantry staples, which means you most likely already have them all on hand!
Apple Vinaigrette ingredients:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
I started this dressing with the basic combination of vinegar and oil. Typically you would see a 1 to 3 ratio, but since we are dealing with an out of the box combination, I decided on a 1 to 2. The oil being the later.
You want to use a quality olive oil (I suggest Pompeian Organic Cold Pressed) to avoid a super heavy texture. Stir in just a few other basic ingredients, season with salt and pepper, and voila! You are ready to drizzle.
How to make apple vinaigrette dressing:
Combine the vinegar, shallot, mustard, honey, and olive oil in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
Add the spinach to a large bowl. Add the walnuts, cranberries, feta, and apples.
Drizzle with the dressing just before serving and toss to combine.
TIP: Alternatively, you can add the dressing ingredients to a blender. This will break down the shallots and give you a smoother finish.
I really love the addition of fresh produce in a salad and this one has it all. It gives you an elegant looking dish that tastes delicious but still helps you stay on the healthy side.
I started with a full spinach base and loaded it with walnuts (try them candied!), dried cranberries, crumbled feta, and a LOT of sliced apples. We’ve enjoyed this with both red and green varieties but suggest splurging a bit and reaching for the honey crisp!
How long does homemade vinaigrette last:
If stored properly, homemade vinaigrette will last up to two weeks.
Does vinaigrette need to be refrigerated?
This recipe uses fresh ingredients (shallots) in the base which means it should be refrigerated. Be sure to keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Give it a good shake before using.
Like this recipe? You will love my:
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, I suggest using Pompeian Organic
- 1 small shallot, finely diced
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 3 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 cup high quality olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 cups spinach or other dark greens
- 1 cup walnuts, plain or candied
- 1 cup feta or other crumbled cheese
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or fresh pomegranate seeds
- 2 large apples, diced
- Combine the vinegar, shallot, mustard, honey, and olive oil in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Add the spinach to a large bowl. Add the walnuts, cranberries, feta, and apples.
- Drizzle with the dressing just before serving and toss to combine.
Alternatively you can add the dressing ingredients to a blender. This will break down the shallots and give you a smoother finish.