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easy autumn salad + red wine vinaigrette

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This semester, I pack a lunch to eat on campus three days during the week. Lately, I’ve been bringing this salad and I think it’s a winner. It’s super easy to throw together in the morning, packs well, and most importantly, it makes a tasty lunch!  I thought I’d share in case you are also looking for salad ideas to take to work, school, or wherever you like to bring your salads.

Here are the salad components:

  • hearty lettuce (I like romaine)
  • some kind of onion action (I like shallots or finely-chopped red onion)
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • goat cheese crumbles
  • pumpkin seeds (or sunflower seeds)

Add all of these ingredients in whatever container you use to transport your salads. No need to mix, just add everything in layers, starting with the lettuce and ending with the pumpkin seeds.

Next, make the vinaigrette. Combine the following ingredients in a bowl and whisk it up:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper + pinch of dried basil

This particular vinaigrette goes really well with the goat cheese and apple combo. If you want to simplify things, just skip this step and use some of your favorite bottled vinaigrette. Either way it will be tasty! Make sure to take the dressing separately in a small container and only add to the salad when you’re ready to eat.

Oh, this salad is just so good. The combination of the apple, goat cheese, and shallot is delicious. I hope you give this salad idea a try!

Happy Autumn, everyone! ~Inge

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