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Fall Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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Is anyone else shocked that it’s October 1st today?!  Where did September go???  When I was planning out today’s post, I went back through some recipes I had made last Fall that I never got around to using and when I came across pictures of the above fall salad, I figured I needed to wait a few more weeks before posting them because (while it is Fall) it’s not really time for pumpkins, Fall leaves and Indian corn.  Wellllll, big surprise to me, it is!  Halloween is 30 days away, so we’re marching full steam ahead with anything and everything that has to do with Fall!  I’m going to turn around, in what feels like a week, and it’s going to be time to put up the Christmas tree!

I figured out this Fall Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette combo last year when I was putting together a cooking class I did at my house.  As most of you know, a salad really, and I mean REALLY, has to knock my socks off for me to want to make it more than once.  This fall salad definitely falls under the “sure, I’ll eat a salad every day if it tastes like this” category.  I’m sharing it with you now, because I think you’ll want to make a note to remember it for the upcoming holidays.  This Fall Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette is such a great salad for entertaining.  Besides the fact that it’s incredibly delicious, it’s easy to make and most of the additions to it can be prepped ahead of time.  I would make no bones about serving this at a dinner party or even at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  This fFall Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette is just that good.  It could be used as a starter/side or as a main meal.  I served the Fall Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette as the main dish at the cooking class, topping it with an apple cider brined pork loin.  I didn’t try the pork loin on it, but it was a hit with the ladies that attended the class.

On another little side note, today marks the second blogiversary of Carolina Girl Cooks!  It’s hard to believe that it’s been two whole years since I’ve started the site.  What’s even harder to believe is all of the amazing things that have spun off an impulsive idea to start a food blog while reading Bon Appetit magazine in my driveway one afternoon.  Random, I know.  If you had asked me five years ago what I’d be doing today, I promise my answer would not have included writing, photographing, cooking and now starting my own business (more on that to come toward the end of the year)!  What a fabulous surprise these last couple years have been and I now know with every precious passing minute of the day, I’m doing exactly what I was put on this Earth to do.  Thanks so much for letting me share my love of food and creating with you.  I hope Carolina Girl Cooks will be a place you continue to visit for years to come!!

The Apple Cider Vinaigrette was an adaptation from  Epicurious

 

Fall Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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5 Responses to Fall Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  1. Jocelyn Casey October 7, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    This looks so good, Jen! Those pecans and avocado make my mouth water. Thank you for this recipe, I will be trying it this week. Jocelyn xx

    • admin October 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

      Thanks Joc! Let me know what you think!xx

  2. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes October 8, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Reading this recipe made my mouth water. Blue cheese with those nuts! Yes please! And I love cider vinaigrette with reduced cider. Congratulations on your anniversary. Can’t wait to hear about the business news.

    • admin October 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

      Thanks Katie! I’ll fill everyone in veeeeeery soon!:)

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