During the holiday season, it’s easy to get carried away with heavy entrees and sweet treats as vegetable side dishes fall to the wayside. Instead, opt for a dish that feels indulgent even though it’s filled with greens and naturally good seasonal ingredients.
This recipe for Apple, Gouda and Farro Salad from the blog Two Peas and Their Pod is a delicious, healthy and hearty addition to any holiday spread. It’s the ultimate cold-weather salad full of flavor and textures from the apple slices, Gouda bits, farro, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries and a simple apple cider vinaigrette. Plus, it takes only minutes to throw together, making it the perfect time-saving side dish for any holiday get-together.
Apple, Gouda and Farro Salad
Makes 6 servings as a side dish, or 4 servings as a meal
For the salad:
1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts
6 cups mixed greens
1 large apple, core removed and thinly sliced
6 ounces Arla Dofino(R) Gouda cheese, cut into cubes
1 cup cooked farro
1/3 cup dried cranberries
For the apple cider vinaigrette:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Teaspoons honey
1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Teaspoon minced shallot
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
First, toast the walnuts in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently. Cook until the walnuts turn brown and smell toasted. This will take about 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.
Place the greens in a large bowl. Top with sliced apples, Gouda cheese cubes, farro, dried cranberries and toasted walnuts.
To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, mustard and shallot. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Drizzle the salad with the vinaigrette and gently toss. Serve!
Note: Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apples are great options, but any apple variety will work.