Sunday, July 5, 2009

Apple Balsamic Salad(series don't drop dead of a heart attack before you're 50)

Here is my first posting in my "eat right so you don't drop dead before your 40" series.  This is a very healthy, yet very tasty salad recipe.  If you are doing this as a make ahead meal, you can make the salad part ahead of time and don't dress it until needed.  Just grab a handful of the greens out, and dress it as you like.

1 granny smith apple (peeled and cored)
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar ( you can use regular balsamic, it just won't be as pretty.  the white stuff is in most mega marts.)
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup safflower oil

In a blender, add the apple, vinegar, honey, and salt.  Turn the blender on high, and remove the feed tube at the top.  Drizzle the oil in slowly through the top until all is incorporated.  Will keep for 4 days in the refrigerator.

2 heads romaine lettuce
1 cucumbers sliced
1 red onion sliced (if using this as a make ahead meal, keep the onions separate from the rest of the mix in a baggie)
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Combine all ingredients together except for the onion.  Keep in a bowl in your refrigerator until ready to make a salad.  Feta cheese on the top, and some grilled chicken will turn this into a complete meal.

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