Tuesday, November 17, 2015

My Thanksgiving Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving dinners in my family have changed very little over the years. It is guaranteed the night before my grandma will be toasting up bread to make her famous dressing patties. My aunt Karen will bring her broccoli casserole. My mom will pour her heart and soul into a cranberry salad, become upset when it doesn't gel, and swear every year that she will not make it again.  I wish I had the heart to tell her NOBODY likes cranberry salad.  There is comfort and ease with these dishes. They are the dishes that my family looks forward to each year and will likely be passed down through the generations.

However, the aspiring cook in me yearns to mix it up. Oh what I wouldn't do to add a butternut squash mac and cheese to the table or throw in some honey maple roasted carrots into the mix. But what do I get stuck with EVERY year to make---a salad. The ladies in my family hold on to their beloved and familiar boring  recipes with a death grip. However, I take the small salad task I have and try to get as creative as possible--at least as creative you can get with a salad.  I've been scouring Pinterest for weeks trying to find the perfect Fall salad. I decided to mix and match several salads and dressings to come up with this salad that will be sure to wow on Thanksgiving day!

Thanksgiving Salad
1 Large Spring Salad Mix
1 container feta cheese
1 granny smith apple cored and sliced
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette 
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
1.5 tablespoons maple syrup
5 tablespoons olive oil 
Wisk all ingredients together! 

Thanksgiving Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

This salad is really easy to put together but has a creative twist! Lets be honest--a salad is all about the toppings. The sweetness of the apples and cranberries pair perfectly with the saltiness of the feta and sunflower seeds. This is the type of salad where you will be digging to the bottom of your bowl to get all the little floaters soaked in the dressing! 

Thanksgiving Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

I'd love to hear what dishes show up on your Thanksgiving table each year!

18 comments:

  1. YUM! I need to try this. Thanks for the recipe. I may have to try this out at Friendsgiving!

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  2. Great flavors! I always love dijon in a salad dressing!

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  3. That dressing sounds delicious! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. This sounds delicious! Perfect for Thanksgiving!

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  5. YUM! Adding this to my menu for next week, thanks!

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    1. You're so welcome! Let me know how you like it!

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  6. Love this! I can definitely relate. My grandmother wouldn't let anyone touch Thanksgiving for years. All I have done is fix everyone's drinks. Last year, I came in strong and made fresh cranberry sauce and 2 desserts. I was mostly thinking about other meals since we were staying the weekend. But they were a hit, and now I am in! Pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing, bourbon pecan pie with chocolate, and Pioneer Woman's cranberry sauce.

    Stay away from the congealed salads at all costs! I read the funniest article last week about the history of the Jell-O salad. And you've got to get the scoop on the dressing patties.

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    1. I've been a drink fixer myself haha! Bourbon pecan pie with chocolate sounds amazing and you know I think anything Ree touches is gold. My mom will not for the life of her give up that cranberry salad--I will pass her along Ree's recipe because she's a big fan of her too. Oh the dressing patties---I've never seen or heard of anything else making them like this. Basically it's a patty made with crumbled up toast, shredded chicken, and your other basic dressing ingredients like celery, carrots, etc. Everyone in my family gets mad when I say I like Stovetop better haha--but I do!

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  7. Oh my, my tummy is growling just looking at this!

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  8. So many great flavors! That vinaigrette sounds amazing! Just in time for my Thanksgiving meal planning :-D

    Green Fashionista

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  9. I am tasked with the fruit salad every year so I feel your pain. I may look for a cute way to do the fruit in the shape of a turkey or something this year and shake things up a bit!

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  10. This looks so good - my tummy is growling! I always get stuck with the boring stuff at Thanksgiving too, usually the veggie tray...

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  11. yum! this sounds amazing! thanks for sharing :). xx

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  12. I now wish I was American so I could have another Thanksgiving.... soooo, thanks for that! Haha <3

    Xo
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

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  13. Oh my goodness this sounds so great! I may just add this to my menu this year :)

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  14. I so pinned this!! Looks scrumptious and right up my salad alley, lol!

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