Saturday, June 22, 2013

Apple, Grape and Celery Salad

apple grape celery salad ::: bake at 350 goes savory  
Two truths about me:
  1. I'm not good at side dishes.  I'm not sure if I'm lazy (I am), or if it's that we have a family of three and making another dish will just lead to more leftovers we won't eat.  Whatever the reason, our "side dishes" look a lot like "a pile of baby carrots," or "a handful of grape tomatoes."
  2. As a rule, I don't waste calories on salad.  (Well, unless it's a salad with Snickers.)  It's not that I don't like salad...I'd just rather eat a sandwich.
apple grape celery salad ::: bake at 350 goes savory
OK...so now that you know me a little better, I'd like to introduce you to a salad and a side dish that makes a pretty frequent appearance in our house.

It's quick...it's easy...and it keeps the in fridge for a few days. (The vinegar keeps the apples from browning.)  Call it an updated, lighter Waldorf Salad.  Call it lunch.  Call it your new favorite.

{Adapted from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food}

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Apple, Grape, and Celery Salad

1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 cup red grapes, halved
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 Pink Lady apple, thinly sliced
1 TBSP white wine vinegar
1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

apple grape celery salad ::: bake at 350 goes savory
Toss the pecans, grapes, celery, and apples with the vinegar and olive oil.  (I like to slice and add the apples last to prevent browning.)

Season with salt & pepper. (Yes, salt and pepper on fruit.)

apple grape celery salad ::: bake at 350 goes savory
What's your favorite EASY side dish?




8 comments:

  1. I love that this is so easy and healthy. I love a good sandwich too, but this is a good summery choice. Happy Weekend!

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  2. I think this sounds so good! Good to know it keeps too since I predict I am the only one who will eat it.

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  3. Looks good to me. Lots of crunch too. I must try this.

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  4. Will have to try this one tomorrow! Thanks.

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  5. I love that this is so easy! I never would have thought to combine these, but I'm glad you did!

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  6. I am the WORST at side dishes! Seriously- I'm all like "Here's your dinner! Chicken! And umm...a veggie tray!"

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  7. This is a great idea for the summer! I'm always very boring when it comes to side dishes...green beans and mashed potatoes usually.

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