Sure, we think about pumpkins and gourds when the temperatures tumble and the leaves start to drop, but nothing says fall quite like apples. The recipe below, modified from cookieandkate.com, is a perfectly healthy way to welcome in a new season.
5 cups spring greens salad blend
1 large Granny Smith apple
⅓ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup pepitas*
2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1½ tbsps apple cider vinegar
1½ tsp honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ tsp fine sea salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
*If you purchase raw pepitas, you may want to roast them: In a medium-sized skillet, toast the pepitas over medium heat, stirring frequently, until they begin to golden on the edges and make little popping noises. Transfer the pepitas to a small bowl to cool.
Make the dressing: In a cup or jar, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, and salt until well blended. Season to taste with pepper.
Just before serving, chop the apple into thin, bite-sized pieces. Place your greens in a large serving bowl. Top with sliced apple, dried cranberries, and toasted pepitas. Use a fork to crumble the goat cheese over the salad.
By Carrie Vittitoe
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