Fall Apple Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese and Dijon Dressing

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Try this Fall Apple Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese and Dijon Dressing to excite your taste buds this season.

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Fall is hands down my favorite time of year. And I love salads like this fall apple walnut salad added to my eating routine. You’ve got your sweet & crispy apple slices, tangy dried cranberries, filling walnuts, and savory blue cheese. A perfect mix all atop local greens. You could also try adding in endive or kale for some variation!

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The blue cheese and walnuts can’t be forgotten in this recipe – these are your fullness factors! What are fullness factors? Fullness factors are ingredients that contribute to feeling full and satisfied, AKA Fiber, Fats, & Protein. If you have a meal lacking in these, you’re much more like to be hungry soon after eating. Make sure your meals have a balance of carbs, protein, fat, and fiber when you can to fuel you for longer.

 

When it comes to one of the principles of Intuitive Eating, “Feel Your Fullness”, it can be helpful to pay attention to your level of fullness during and after a meal, distractions that make it hard to connect with fullness, and how different foods leave you feeling more full and satisfied, as well as less. For example, be careful of classic “diet” foods, like rice cakes, popcorn, meal replacement shakes, juices or salads (with just veggies), for example. These types of foods can create a temporary sense of physical fullness in your belly, but it is often fleeting, leaving you wanting more soon after. You’re better off choosing quality whole foods with a balance of macronutrients (like above) that leaves your stomach happy and satisfied for longer.

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Fall Apple Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese and Dijon Dressing

Try this Fall Apple Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese and Dijon Dressing for a classically delicious entree or side. Easy to make and oh so delicious! A family favorite during autumn.

  • Author: Caroline Green
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

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For the Salad:

  • 1 container local butter leaf lettuce (or mixed greens, kale, endive, etc,)
  • 1/2 green apple, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 large red onion, diced
  • crumbled blue cheese for topping
  • salt & pepper, as desired

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 TBSP dijon mustard
  • sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Divide mixed greens to each plate or bowl. Slice apple into small half moons and add to each salad. Sprinkle each salad with dried cranberries, walnuts, diced red onion, and blue cheese.
  2. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and drizzle among each salad.
  3. Enjoy immediately!

Notes

makes about 3-4 servings

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