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A Good Salad

I know the name of this recipe isn't too exciting but it has a good story behind it.  One day my mom sent my brother and son to get us fast food while we were at a ball game.  She wrote him a list and then told him she didn't know what type of salads they had so to just get her "a good salad".  He ordered and had no issues until he ordered "a good salad" just like that.  This confused both the order taker and my brother. My son was still laughing when they came back with the food.  We continue to laugh about it to this day.  So in honor of this memory and for lack of a better name this is most definitely A GOOD SALAD!!
This is one of those recipes that is so simple I almost feel guilty posting it, but it was so DELICIOUS, that I could not resist!!  I also want a permanent reminder for myself to make it more often.  Yum.  I am already craving it again. I was really hoping for leftovers, but they ate every last bit!!! Next time I will try it using spinach or a variety of lettuce.
The Good Salad
A large bowl of torn mixed salad greens (about 8 cups)
1 large apple, cored and diced
1/2 cup sliced almonds, cashews or other nuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, diced in 1 inch cubes
Combine ingredients in bowl.
Serve with:
2/3 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
Mix well. Shake before serving.

*You can either pour dressing over salad or serve on the side.  I prefer on the side because then the leftovers stay good longer.  That is if you have any leftovers!!
I would really like a better name for this salad. Since I am brain dead I am asking for your help. 
If you can think of a clever name please let me know!!


  1. I think "good salad" is a great name for this yummy looking recipe! I'm saving this one to try soon. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. This DOES sound like a good salad! LOVE the dressing! Thanks!

  3. Great story and great looking salad. I recently discovered that apples make a great addition to green salads. Who knew? Do you use any particular kind of apple for this recipe? Any preferences? Thanks!

  4. That looks so yummy and summery. Great additions.

  5. You can mane it sweet and sour salad or rainbow salad or sweet vinegrette salad. It looks terrific.

  6. I love salads! The dressing sounds really yummy! I throw dried cranberries in so many salads these days! Thanks for sharing this one!

  7. I love a good salad, too. I especially love making my own salad dressings.

  8. Hee!Hee!Hee! A good salad...that's awesome! It does look like a good salad to me. I love salads that have fruit and veggies mixed together.

  9. That would make a perfect lunch! Thanks for the vinaigrette recipe too!

  10. This recipe definitely sounds worthy of the title "A Good Salad" because it sounds delicious.

  11. Hi Tiffanee! So glad you stopped by the Hearth and soul hop! I am now following your blog and I found you on cook eat share as well! I am so laughing at your story because it sounds like something my brother would do as well, since he loves to eat but is in no way a cook of anything other than grilled meats! It was my granny who taught me all about vegetables and preparing them and making good salads and it really is quite an art. Yours looks like a lovely balance between hearty, tangy and sweet, always a good sign in a salad! Thanks again for sharing with us on the hearth and soul hop and I hope to see you again next week! All the best, Alex@amoderatelife

  12. Oh that sounds delicious! And how funny. it reminds me of the Big Salad from Seinfeld =o) I LOVE salad!!! My kids and I eat salad almost every day. I can't wait to try this one! Thanks

  13. I JUST made this same salad!! Too funny! Great minds must think alike ;) I completely agree that it is a good salad!!!

  14. I am curious to see what name suggestions everyone else has, where I saw this recipe originally called it Winter Salad so that is what I call it too but I think there could be a better fit...hmm... I'm not too good with names either :(

  15. I love it, good story :). Salad looks great also :)

  16. That is a great story ... I love it! We do a version of this and will add some sliced avocado or mandarin oranges along with chicken breast. When I put in a granny smith apple, I'll do walnuts instead of almonds sometimes. Now I'm craving a salad!

  17. making this salad this week...yum! Sounds really good. Can't wait to try it!


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