When we had company for dinner Tuesday night, I got inspired to do some creative cooking and make my own salad dressing. Doesn't CREAMY APPLE VINAIGRETTE sound delicious? I thought it did, so I decided to create it, and here's what I did:
Creamy Apple Vinaigrette
All in a blender I put:
One peeled Gala apple, cut in wedges
1/3 c. canola oil
1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
a "tap" of ground allspice
2 Splenda packets
1/3 c. honey
1/3 c. light mayo
I blended it all up until it was creamy smooth, and I chilled it for a couple hours 'til dinner time. I served it over a mixed green salad sprinkled with feta cheese, crunched up dried apple chips and my "special" walnuts (see directions below). With the Creamy Apple Vinaigrette drizzled on top, this winter salad was really divine. It made me feel like spring is right around the corner. :)
To make my special nuts for salad (no measurements here, just "feel it"), take about 1 1/2 cups of walnuts or pecans. Put them in a small frying pan with about 1 1/2 - 2 T butter. Sprinkle about 2 - 3 tsp sugar on top and then cook on low, stirring, until the butter and sugar are melted and coat the nuts. Stir another minute or so more, but don't let it smoke at all; keep the heat pretty low. Pour the toasted nuts into a bowl lined with wax paper. Let them cool and then put them away in a sealed container in the garage ..... :) Because if you leave them in the kitchen, you WILL eat a lot of them before the guests come and have to make more. Just guessing ;)
Yes, it's winter, but we really need our veggies. Creamy Apple Vinaigrette is a refreshing way to serve a salad while we wait for spring.
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