Sunday, May 5, 2013

Apple-Walnut Chicken Salad and Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette

Spring is finally here!  And so is our next Gooseberry Giveaway!!  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to review a new cookbook by Gooseberry, and - even better - to have one to give to one of you!  101 Farmhouse Favorites is a fantastic, full-color cookbook from Gooseberry's photo series.  I always love the opportunity to see an image of the final product before I attempt a new recipe, so I really appreciate the color photograph of each of the delicious looking recipes in the book.

101 Farmhouse Favorites is filled with great ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, and even has an entire section called "Classic Country Canning," with recipes and instructions for even the most novice of canners (like me).  The salsa, pesto, and spaghetti sauce are on my "must-try" list from that chapter.  But as I dove into the book for the first time, the "Garden-fresh Soups and Salads" chapter is what really caught my eye.

From "Mommy's Pasta Fagioli" to "Best-Ever Spinach Salad," I couldn't decide where to begin!  In the end, I decided I had to share this delicious salad.  There is just something about an easy, homemade dressing, and this one is superb!  I also love having a great use for the rotisserie chicken leftovers that I tend to have.  Flavorful, refreshing, hearty, and crisp, this is a salad that I will make again and again.



For the salad:
  • 6 cups mixed field greens or baby greens
  • 2 cups deli roast chicken, shredded
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 Fuji or Gala apple, cored and chopped
For the Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette:
  • 2 Tbsp frozen apple juice concentrate
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  1. In a large salad bowl, toss together all salad ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients.  
  3. Drizzle dressing over salad, tossing gently to coat.

Difficulty: easy
Time: 15-20 minutes
Source: Gooseberry Patch's 101 Farmhouse Favorites, Copyright 2012

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  1. Thank you for the great recipes!

  2. so refreshing some of your recipes are in this econnamy where we are all having hard times

  3. All I can say is these are my favorite cookbooks, hands down ! Fun to read and enjoy !

  4. Thanks for the em!

  5. such yummy recipes and fun to just look through----love them all
    as a farmwife for 40 yrs would love to win

  6. Thanks for the reciepts love to cook.

  7. Gooseberry Patch always has such neat cookbooks............

  8. Am a newbie to Gooseberry Patch and I just ordered 2 cookbooks. Would love to make this my third. Thanks for giving me the opportunity.

  9. I like making dessert best - cookies and cupcakes. But when we are having a party, I love making fun appetizers.

  10. Gooseberry Patch cookbooks will be my new collectible. They are just great additions

  11. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! Desserts are my favorite thing to cook..but I have a recipe book collection and like fixing alot of things. =)
    Thanks for the chance to win!