No feigning political correctness here, no entering into the politically charged holiday vs Christmas vs winter lexicon debate.
Truth is, this is my favorite holiday salad, my favorite Christmas salad and my favorite all-winter salad from Thanksgiving to Valentine's.
It's easy to assemble either ahead of time or at the last minute, easy to make in small batches for a couple of people having supper at home or in big batches for buffets, parties and potlucks.
And if there happen to be leftovers, you won't mind. Picking out the cranberries and walnuts and cheese might be the very best part!
FESTIVE HOLIDAY SALAD
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Hands-on time: 10 minutes, maybe?
Time to table: 10 minutes
Serves as many as you need
Fresh soft lettuce greens (I return again and again to leafy red but many would work)
Low-fat Caesar dressing thinned with milk so it can fully dress the greens without heaviness
Toasted walnuts (10 minutes at 400F)
Crumbles of a good stinky cheese (gorgonzola, a good blue, etc)
Sprinkle of good salt
Wash and tear greens. Just before serving, lightly dress the greens. Toss with walnuts, cranberries and cheese. Add salt and serve.
Assumes 2 cups greens, 2/3 tablespoon dressing, 1/3 tablespoon milk, 2 tablespoons walnuts, 1 tablespoon cranberries, 1 tablespoon blue cheese
Per Serving: 195 Cal (61% from Fat, 15% from Protein, 24% from Carb); 8 g Protein; 14 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 13 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; NetCarb 10; 110 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 319 mg Sodium; 12 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 4 points
- When you see this ◄ in the title and the Recipe Box, you know the recipe's a personal favorite. Tastes vary, of course, but the mark is one indication of another vegetable recipe that's worth paying attention to.