Salad seems to take such a back seat at so many meals, especially during the Holidays. I think that sometimes we serve it to assuage any lingering guilt associated with the mostly justifiable gluttony present at a holiday meal such as…ohhhh…let’s say Thanksgiving.
What? That’s not why you serve salad at Thanksgiving? That’s the only reason I serve salad at Thanksgiving. Seriously, beyond the requisite turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, stuffing, and a couple of vegetables, the salad is completely superfluous. If you are arguing with me on this point, I can’t hear you because 1) you are talking to your computer screen and, 2) I have my fingers in my ears.
HOWEVER, if this year you are determined to make the salad a serious part of the meal, as am I, please consider this Spinach-Apple Salad with Maple Vinaigrette for your gustatory buds’ indulgence. (Get your mind out of the gutter. Gustatory buds are your taste buds. Now go wash your mind out with soap and water. Shame on you.) It has everything you need for a beautiful salad experience of color and taste.