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Old 11-18-2009, 12:49 PM   #1
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Cranberry/Apple salad??

Looking for a good recipe for a cranberry salad that is not a gelatin mold...maybe with apples (similar to a waldorf?) with nuts and some type of dressing??

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Old 11-18-2009, 05:20 PM   #2
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I just did a google, got a mixed bag of recipes, molded/not molded. I would think that a combination of cut up apples (with some lemon juice to avoid darkening), celery, dried cranberries, and walnuts would be nice. One could have them all loose in a green salad, or bind together with a dressing of sour cream and mayo, letting the flavor of the ingredients come through, placing a scoop on top of a green. Think about what you like in a salad. You could also add seedless grapes, cut in half.
(cooked wild rice could also be added)
sounds yummy!
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:26 PM   #3
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Mandarin Orange Salad/Apple Feta Salad

I am going to give you two recipes; both delicious and festive for celebrations. You can adapt either to include dried cranberries -- I think I did that with the orange salad on Thanksgiving a few years back. Both have nuts and are very nice salads. They were completely devoured when served. Hope this helps.

Mandarin Orange Salad


1 head lettuce, washed & torn
4 green onions with tops, cut up
1 can mandarin oranges, drained or 1 fresh orange, cut up.
I like to use the fresh orange best.
1 cup celery, chopped
1 T. minced parsley
4 oz. slivered almonds or 3/4 cup pecans
2 T. sugar
You could also add dried cranberries to this salad.

Dressing:
4 T. sugar
1/2 cup oil
4 T. vinegar
1 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste

1. Carmelize the nuts by heating in a small skillet with 2 T. sugar.
2. Cool & add to lettuce & remaining salad ingredients.
3. Combine dressing ingredients; shake well.
4. Toss salad with dressing just before serving.

Apple Feta Salad

2 T. butter
1 cup walnut halves
1 T. sugar
1/8 tsp. pepper
5 cups torn romaine
5 cups torn red leaf lettuce
1 medium red apple, chopped
1 medium green apple, chopped
1/2 to 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Dressing:
6 T. olive oil
2 T. white wine vinegar
2 T. finely chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/8 tsp. pepper

1. In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the walnuts; sprinkle with sugar & pepper. Stir until well coated.
2. Spread onto baking sheet; Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
3. In a large bowl, combine romaine, red lettuce, apples and feta cheese; set aside.
4. In a blender, combine the dressing ingredients; cover and process until blended.
5. Drizzle over salad; toss to coat. Sprinkle with sugared walnuts.


Have a great celebration.
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:42 PM   #4
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I am going to give you two recipes; both delicious and festive for celebrations. You can adapt either to include dried cranberries -- I think I did that with the orange salad on Thanksgiving a few years back. Both have nuts and are very nice salads. They were completely devoured when served. Hope this helps.

Mandarin Orange Salad


1 head lettuce, washed & torn
4 green onions with tops, cut up
1 can mandarin oranges, drained or 1 fresh orange, cut up.
I like to use the fresh orange best.
1 cup celery, chopped
1 T. minced parsley
4 oz. slivered almonds or 3/4 cup pecans
2 T. sugar
You could also add dried cranberries to this salad.

Dressing:
4 T. sugar
1/2 cup oil
4 T. vinegar
1 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste

1. Carmelize the nuts by heating in a small skillet with 2 T. sugar.
2. Cool & add to lettuce & remaining salad ingredients.
3. Combine dressing ingredients; shake well.
4. Toss salad with dressing just before serving.

Apple Feta Salad

2 T. butter
1 cup walnut halves
1 T. sugar
1/8 tsp. pepper
5 cups torn romaine
5 cups torn red leaf lettuce
1 medium red apple, chopped
1 medium green apple, chopped
1/2 to 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Dressing:
6 T. olive oil
2 T. white wine vinegar
2 T. finely chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/8 tsp. pepper

1. In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the walnuts; sprinkle with sugar & pepper. Stir until well coated.
2. Spread onto baking sheet; Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
3. In a large bowl, combine romaine, red lettuce, apples and feta cheese; set aside.
4. In a blender, combine the dressing ingredients; cover and process until blended.
5. Drizzle over salad; toss to coat. Sprinkle with sugared walnuts.


Have a great celebration.
Thanks for sharing these recipes Julie - they sound great!
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:19 AM   #5
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Thanks for the recipes...they sound delish ! Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving celebration !!!
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