Recipe video above. A terrific bright, fresh salad with a great combination of flavours and textures. The candied nuts and plumping the cranberries is optional - but don't skip it if you're making this for company! The dressing is best kept simple to let the ingredients in the salad take centre stage. Makes more candied nuts than you need but I find it hard to make a smaller batch.
1/2red onion, finely sliced (wedge way, not half moon)
2tbspfeta or goats cheese, crumbled (garnish, optional)
Candied Walnuts (or other nuts):
1cupwalnuts or pecans
Place butter in a small non stick skillet over medium heat. When melted, add sugar. Stir briefly, then leave until the sugar mostly melts.
When it starts bubbling a bit, add nuts.
Stir 2 minutes. Pour out on parchment paper lined tray.
Spread nuts out, allow to cool. Roughly chop half, leave some whole.
Place in a bowl, pour over freshly boiled water. Leave to soak 10 minutes then drain.
Drizzle with lemon juice and toss (stops apple from browning).
Place Dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well. Adjust to taste - more oil to make it creamier, sugar for sweet, vinegar for tart.
Place salad in a large bowl with half the apple slices and all the onion. Drizzle with half the dressing then toss.
Scatter over the cranberries, desired amount of walnuts, remaining apple slices and feta. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Serve immediately!
1. Apple - I like using red apple for appearance and also because most are sweet / a bit tart. Whereas granny smiths are tarter and gold apples tend to be sweeter.2. Nuts - use any nuts you want here. Pecans and almonds are ideal.Recipe makes more candied nuts than you need but I find it hard to make a smaller batch. Leftovers keeps for a week or two in an airtight container (or even freeze for months!)Nut substitute: sunflower seeds and pepitas would also be great here for texture and flavour.3. Nutrition per serving, assuming 5 servings assuming 3/4 cup of candied walnuts used.
Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts and Cranberries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Vitamin A 895IU18%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.