It can be a bit challenging to get healthy salads in a Midwestern United States winter. Yes, lettuce and veggies are available, but let’s be honest, they’re not always the best value for the dollar. It’s understandable given the time of year. This salad makes use of hardy winter ingredients, while being healthy and delicious! It’s easy to prepare and inexpensive. This will serve 2 filling lunch salads.
I choose to peel the celery, especially in the winter time. The ribs can be quite stringy, which would make the salad rather unpleasant to eat. Also, slicing the celery on a bias (angle) makes the presentation look great.
There are a variety of flavors for feta cheese on the market. So, be sure to experiment with different flavors if you wish. The recipe calls for 3 ounces. If you wish, you can cut back that amount.
I definitely recommend toasting the walnuts for about 10 minutes in a 300 degree oven. It brings a whole new flavor to the walnuts! If you wish to skip that step, everything will still turn out great. You can also replace with other types of nuts.
Lastly, I garnish with a few dried cranberries. The sweetness balances very nicely with the savory flavor of the salad.
Hope you enjoy this!
2 cups, peeled and thinly sliced celery
4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
3 oz. walnuts (toasted)
1 Tbsp. chopped red onion
3 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinaigrette
Prep all ingredients. Toss together and serve. Enjoy!