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Sunday, January 31, 2010


Healthy best describes this savory salad made with a fresh lime juice and Dijon dressing. I simply adore fresh squeezed lime juice in anything. The tartness of the dressing compliments the Granny Smith apples, green onions, walnuts, and dried cranberries. Serve on a bed of crisp Romaine lettuce. You'll be glad you did.

2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (no substitute)
2 tsp. Dion mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
2 lg. Granny Smith apples, coarsely chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup sliced green onions
3 Tbsp. sugar'
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 head romaine lettuce, torn

Whisk together lime juice and mustard, gradually whisk in oil.
Place apples, walnuts, and green onions in a salad bowl. Pour dressing over, tossing to coat. Cover and chill 2 hours.
Sprinkle sugar over cranberries and toss to coat. Add to apple mixture, and toss. Line a serving platter with lettuce, top with salad. Serves 4. Easily doubled.

COOKS NOTE: I have made this with fresh chopped cranberies as well. It is just tarter in flavor but still good. The dried cranberries are excellant in it and less trouble than the fresh ones. Either way it's a winner. And something different for your Holiday table.

"If you're at a Thanksgiving dinner, but you don't like the stuffing or the cranberry sauce or anything else, just pretend like you're eating it, but instead, put it all in your lap and form it into a big mushy ball. Then, later, when you're out back having cigars with the boys, let out a big fake cough and throw the ball to the ground. Then say, "Boy, these are good cigars!"-Jack Handy

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