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Mixed Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette Recipe

Mixed Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette Recipe

This colorful salad is a bright and tasty introduction to a special meal. Dried cranberries and tart apples along with glazed walnuts and rich blue cheese add interest to the mix.—Gretchen Farr, Port Orford, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • SALAD:
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) spring mix salad greens
  • 1 medium tart apple, chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup glazed walnuts
  • 2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar and water. Cook over medium heat until berries pop, about 10 minutes.
  • 2. Cool slightly. Place the cranberry mixture, vinegar and mustard in a blender; cover and process until pureed. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Refrigerate until serving.
  • 3. Just before serving, in a large bowl, combine the salad greens, apple, cranberries and walnuts. Drizzle with 1 cup vinaigrette and toss to coat. Sprinkle with blue cheese. Serve with remaining vinaigrette. Yield: 8 servings.