Mixed Greens Salad Recipe
The holidays are a time to serve those extra special recipes. Walnut-Crusted Goat Cheese elevates this salad to a new level of elegance and your guests will certainly be impressed! And it only takes a minute to roll the slices of goat cheese in toasted walnuts….so easy….so fancy! The greens are lightly tossed in a perfectly balanced Pomegranate Vinaigrette and topped with apple slices, pomegranate arils and the goat cheese rounds. Best of all, the Walnut-Crusted Goat Cheese rounds can be made a day ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve your salad. Bonus!
Pomegranate arils are the fiber-rich seeds of the pomegranate fruit. Pomegranates can be purchased in the produce section of your grocery store or, if you prefer, you can buy them already seeded. The pomegranate is definitely a super fruit. Just look at all that pomegranates provide:
- Rich in anti-oxidants
- Provide protein
- Rich in fiber
- Contain Vitamins C and K
- Provide potassium
- Have three times the anti-oxidant level as red wine and green tea
- Contain anti-inflammatory properties
- May reduce your risk of heart disease
- Can improve cholesterol levels
- May lower your blood pressure!
I’d say that our Pomegranate Apple Mixed Greens With Walnut-Crusted Goat Cheese is truly a gift of nutrition and deliciousness this holiday season!
Holiday Side Dish Recipes
Panko Garlic Mashed Potatoes combine buttery creaminess with the perfect crunchy topping of panko breadcrumbs, parsley and butter!
Baby carrots simmer in honey with a hint of cinnamon and crystallized ginger for a sweet side dish. Gingered Cinnamon Honey Glazed Carrots will be a favorite vegetable recipe for holidays and all year long too!
Smashed Brussels Sprouts With Crispy Prosciutto will be your new go-to side dish recipe for special occasions! Smashed sprouts are roasted with two cheeses and then topped with crispy prosciutto for the ultimate side dish recipe!
Pomegranate Apple Mixed Greens With Walnut-Crusted Goat Cheese elevates salad to a new level with homemade pomegranate vinaigrette and nutty cheese rounds! This homemade vinaigrette and easy nut crusted cheese rounds is the perfect holiday recipe!
- 3/4 cup toasted chopped walnuts, finely chopped
- 8 ounces chilled goat cheese, cut in 16 rounds
- 8 cups assorted mixed greens, such as radicchio, Bibb lettuce and red leaf lettuce
- 2 Gala apples, seeded and sliced, 2 cups
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
Roll goat cheese in finely chopped toasted walnuts and gently press to adhere. Refrigerate until ready to serve*.
Whisk olive oil, vinegar, pomegranate juice, honey, Dijon and kosher salt until blended.
Toss mixed greens with some of the vinaigrette to lightly coat greens. Top with sliced apples, pomegranate arils and goat cheese. Serve remaining vinaigrette on the side.
*Walnut-Crusted Goat Cheese can be made a day ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve your salad.