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Harvest Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette

Mixed greens and plenty of produce make this salad so satisfying, and it's gorgeous to serve for special occasions. —Jaye Beeler, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10 servings (1 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 3 medium fresh beets (about 1 pound)
  • 1 package (5 ounces) spring mix salad greens
  • 2 medium apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup yellow grape tomatoes or pear tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 4 thick-sliced bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • CHERRY VINAIGRETTE:
  • 1/2 cup tart cherry preserves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Scrub beets and trim tops to 1 in. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake 50-60 minutes or until tender. Remove foil; cool completely. Peel beets and cut into 1/2-in. pieces.
  • In a large bowl, combine salad greens, apples, carrot, tomatoes, chickpeas, walnuts, bacon and cooled beets. In a small bowl, whisk vinaigrette ingredients until blended. Serve with salad.
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