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Holiday Salad Recipe

Holiday Salad Recipe

With its pretty presentation and tangy taste, it's easy to see why this delightful salad is always a hit with Pat Schmeling's family in Germantown, Wisconsin. “At holidays, I ask each of my family members for their favorite food,” Pat explains. “This salad is always requested by my daughter.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 large Red Delicious apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup walnut halves
  • 9 cups torn romaine
  • 3 cups chopped watercress (about 1-1/2 bunches)


  • 1. In a small bowl, whisk the first six ingredients; gradually whisk in oil until blended. In a large bowl, combine the apples, cheese, walnuts and 3 tablespoons dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining dressing.
  • 2. Just before serving, combine romaine and watercress in a large bowl; drizzle with reserved dressing and toss to coat. Divide among 12 salad plates; top with apple mixture. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 211 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 156 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein.