Fall may be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying the quick and easy dinner salads often associated with summer. Filled with fall flavors like apples, walnuts, cheddar and cranberry sauce, this sweet and savory salad is packed with nutrition, like protein, fiber, vitamin A and calcium. And, it takes next to no time to prepare! Also, feel free to exchange the ingredients for any of the following suggestions or use your creativity to come up with almost endless fall salad combinations.
- Use any variety of apples like Granny Smith, McIntosh, Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp; or sub in diced pears like Bartlett, Bosc or Anjou.
- Switch up the nuts. Try chopped pecans, macadamia nuts, or slivered almonds instead.
- Swap out golden raisins for purple raisins, dried apricots, or currants for a little different taste.
- Vary your greens. Baby kale, spinach, spring mix, or butter lettuce are all delicious and nutritious substitutions.
Apple, Raisin & Walnut Salad with Turkey
1 medium apple, diced
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 (10 oz.) bag of romaine lettuce
½ lb. honey roasted deli turkey, diced
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (omit or use Daiya® Cheddar-Style Shreds for dairy free)
¼ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup golden raisins
2 Tbsp. lime juice
3 Tbsp. whole berry cranberry sauce (or raspberry jam)
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
½ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
- Toss diced apple with lime juice. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together lime juice, cranberry sauce and Dijon mustard. Once incorporated, gradually add olive oil to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper.
- Reserve ⅓ cup dressing and set aside before tossing remaining dressing with lettuce in a large bowl. Top dressed lettuce with apples slices, turkey, cheese, walnuts and raisins. Drizzle salad with reserved ⅓ cup dressing before serving.
Yield: 4 servings *Per Serving: Calories 420, Total Fat 27g (Saturated 6g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 45mg, Sodium 750mg, Total Carbohydrate 27g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 19g), Protein 18g, Vitamin A 130%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 15%, Iron 10% *Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.
Emily Schwartz is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods.