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Tasty Tuesday- Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

For Thanksgiving I was in charge of the vegetables mainly because I wanted that to be my main meal. YES I still had turkey but very little. I always feel a lot better if I eat mostly vegetables.  SO I decided to first go with a salad. Yet again I turned to pinterest for some help.

Original Post: http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/10/apple-cranberry-walnut-salad.html

I first started out with picking some beautiful lettuce from my garden. The best part of having a garden is getting to pick and eat what you have grown.

lettuce 2 lettuce

The prep work and amount of time spend on this salad was very little. It was nice and quick and a huge hit. People said it was nice to have a light refreshing salad with such a heavy meal. The salad dresisng you make makes a TON! SO I had leftovers of that to put in the re-fridge and use later

  • 6 cups salad (I used a combination of arugula and baby spinach, any spring green mix will do)
  • 1 red apple
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (such as Diamond of California)
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
dressing (see note)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar in a pinch)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • scant ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup oil
  1. Core and chop apples (thin slices or 1 inch chunks). Toss lettuce, apples, walnuts, feta, and cranberries together in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Toss with salad immediately before serving. Enjoy!

lettuce 3

TIll next time



About Me Mondays: Fall Garden

A few weeks ago I wrote about how I have a garden. I started right before this past summer which is not ideal planting season in Arizona but I still had some success. Now that we have hit fall I was able to redo my garden an plant a ton of stuff I know I will use.

So this is how the garden looked before I replanted

Garden 11

As you can see it was crazy. The watermelon plant had taken over most of the garden. It was fun having a watermelon plant but vine plants really do grow a lot.

I was able t get the kids to help me and we pulled the watermelon plant out. The only plant I kept was a bell peper plant becuase it seemed to be holding up. Here is the after photo:

clean up

Crazy how different it looks! After I was done cleaning up the garden I added some organic soil mix to the soil we already had. I just wanted to make sure that the new plants got lots of nutrition. Before I went to the store I used Vegetable Planting Calendar for Maricopa County to help me pick out what I wanted to plant.

I decided on the following:

– Brussel Sprouts

– Green Beans

– Spinach

– Butter Lettuce

– Carrots

– Green Onions

– Red Onions

– Broccoli

– Cauliflower

Along with keeping the bell pepper plant!

I headed over to the local nursery A&P Nursery http://www.apnursery.com/ and picked up some plants and some seeds.

Here are some after photos:

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As you can see I did do a lot of transplanting. The reason why I did this was because some of the things I wanted to plant were by transplant only:

– Brussel Sprouts

– Broccoli

– Cauliflower

I did transplant a few spinch and butter lettuce. It is kind of nice to have SOME stuff growing just incase your seeds don’t work out.

I did the following from seed:

– Green Beans

– Spinach

– Carrots

– Green Onions

The Red onions were a last minute add. You do them from bulbs and you can place them anywhere in the garden. So I am interested to see how that turns out since we use a ton of onions in cooking!

Can’t wait to share later on how the garden is doing!