Apple and Mixed Greens Salad

Apple and Mixed Greens Salad
Note: 

This is currently my favorite summer salad - the combination of flavors and textures is a trip for the taste buds because of the shredded apple!  I created my own version of this salad after seeing apple shredded into a salad at a local restaurant - what a perfect way to incorporate the tart, juicy apple into the greens without have to do all that dicing!

Tools needed: 
cheese grater with large size holes
Time: 
20 minutes
Ingredients: 
1 crisp apple, washed and shredded with cheese grater (I like Gala or Granny Smith)
1/4 cup candied walnuts, chopped
1/8 cup dried cranberries
1 red (any color really!) bell pepper, sliced or julienned
1/2 to 1 cup tomatoes cut into bite size pieces, depending on preference
8-10 cups of your favorite greens (or more!)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (or goat or feta are yummy, too)
2-3 tbs good olive oil
1-2 tbs balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Make it your own! I've added fresh blueberries, cucumbers, avocado, and quinoa - add whatever you like!
Directions: 
  1. Mix greens, bell pepper and tomatoes in a large bowl.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil, vinegar and toss until coated.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Toss again.
  4. Add in shredded apple, cranberries and cheese, tossing as you go.  Mixing the ingredients thoroughly is key, more flavors in each bite!
  5. Sprinkle with candied walnuts just before serving to keep their crunch! 

*I recently learned, sadly, that Parmesan cheese is not technically vegetarian.  Sorry if this is news to you, but I try to stay honest with my recipe tags, and this recipe is only vegetarian if you use another (vegetarian) type of cheese.

Serves: 
4-6

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