AARP. Who knew? I’ve been a proud member, according to my card, since 2015, but looking back I wish I would have signed up earlier.
There’s the Denny’s discount for one (seriously, our whole family jokes about this, but we do go from time to time) but also a lot of discounts and insightful information. And recipes. This is the second winner I’ve tried, so I’m two for two.
Inspired by the salad in the Eight Eat Lean, Get Clean recipes from AARP is this gorgeous salad. Cherries, Avocado, Walnuts. The problem? Fresh cherries are all but impossible to get in the winter. Rather than using canned or frozen, I opted for the zingier dried cranberries. (Stock up on nuts and dried fruit during the Christmas season when sales and coupons abound. Freeze the nuts to keep them fresh.)
The flavors just worked perfectly over a gorgeous Kale and Greens blend. I seriously wanted seconds. I also chose barley as the grain (and forgot to put it in the salad!) but choose any grain you like (and for a quick cheat, make extra to freeze in packets.)
While I’m sure I’ll revisit this come summer when cherries are in season, I loved the dried cranberries in this salad and dressing. Bright, tangy with a whisper of sweet. The dried fruit gives an intense flavor to the dressing (why have I never thought to use dried fruit before, I don’t know!) but after a taste, I did alter the ratios a bit from the original recipe; the tangier cranberries needed a bit more balance.
Oh, and double the dressing; you’ll thank me later. 🙂
Dried Cranberry, Avocado & Walnut Salad
For the dressing:
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 – 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- good pinch of black pepper
Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust vinegar and/or sugar to your liking.
This should make enough for two salads.
For the Salad:
- 1 bag of mixed salad blend, washed and dried or about 12 ounces of your favorite lettuces and greens
- 1/2 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 avocado, peeled and diced
- Squeeze of fresh or bottled lemon juice
- 1 cup cooled cooked whole grains (barley, wild rice, quinoa)*
- 4 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts
- 3/4 cup of dried cranberries
- two to three tablespoons finely chopped parsley
Dice avocados, place in a small bowl and drizzle with a little lemon juice. Toss to coat. Combine all salad ingredients. Drizzle with a little dressing. Toss. Serve, passing additional dressing on the side.
from the kitchen of www.frugalhausfrau.com, inspired by AARP
You know I’ll be bringing this to our Throwback Thursday #28 Link Party, hosted by Quinn of Dad What’s for Dinner, Meaghan of 4 Sons are Us, Alli of Tornadough, Carlee from Cooking with Carlee and Moi! That’s right – me!
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