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It’s Fall!!!!  That means apples!!!!  Thank you Better Homes and Gardens for the inspiration to try something new with apples.  This vinaigrette is amazing!  Who knew that you could use apples to make one?  I don’t think I’ve ever even had apples in my salad before but after today I’m so glad that I tried them.  It tasted like Fall.  I had to make a few changes because I didn’t have some of the ingredients in my pantry or I couldn’t find them at the store,  but it didn’t matter because it still turned out so good that I didn’t mind the changes.  Here’s what I did…


Apple Vinaigrette by Better Homes and Gardens

September 2014

In a skillet cook 1 thinly sliced apple in 1 Tbsp. oil for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Transfer to a blender.  Add 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp. maple syrup, 1 Tbsp. snipped fresh sage, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper.  Blend until smooth.  With blender running, slowly add about 2/3 cup olive oil.  In a bowel combine 6 oz.spinach, 1 sliced apple, 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, and 3/4 cup sliced celery root.  Add vinaigrette; toss to coat.  Serve immediately.  Makes 6 servings.

What I did different:

Used 2 Tbsp. Log Cabin syrup instead of maple syrup (didn’t have maple)

Added a dash or two of dried sage(couldn’t find fresh at the grocery store today)

Added 1 Tbsp. honey

Used a couple of grinds of fresh ground pepper

Sunflower seeds instead of hazelnuts

No celery root (not even sure I know what that is!)

Added chopped bacon (the best dressed salads are wearing it!)


It was amazing!  I served it with grilled salmon that I sprinkled with salt and pepper and drizzled with a little of the syrup and grilled about 3 to 4 minutes on each side till flakey.  Yum! IMG_4933


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