|Yes that IS a map of the world on our table lol.|
Romaine lettuce (I used 2 romaine heats)
Baby spinach (I used a small box)
Feta cheese (I used a whole brick because...well...FETA!!!)
Dried cranberries (a couple handfuls)
Walnuts (a couple handfuls)
Fuji apple, diced (I used a large one)
Toss the lettuce and spinach and crumble the feta over, then sprinkle on the cranberries, the walnuts, and the apple.
For the dressing...
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp poppy seeds
Put everything a mason jar and shake the living daylights out of it. (Here's a tip, add a pinch of xantham gum, or a raw free range egg yolk, to emulsify the dressing and keep it from separating.) Pour over the salad and toss.
Now, this salad was DELICIOUS as written, but it would also make an awesome template for a bunch of other salad ideas! Here some variation ideas I think would be delicious...
Instead of feta cheese try: crumbled blue cheese, grated fresh parmesan, those teeny tiny little mozzarella balls or shreds of really old cheddar
Instead of dried cranberries try: dried cherries, dates, figs, or dried blueberries
Instead of walnuts try: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, cashews or almonds
Instead of apple try: pear, grilled peaches, fresh pineapple or mango cubes
Instead of maple syrup try: pomegranate molasses, honey or brown rice syrup
Instead of poppy seeds try: chia seeds (would also help thicken the dressing) or hemp seeds