Craving: Hearty Salads

One of my favorite salads is mixed greens, cranberries, walnuts, and blue cheese, so I was immediately drawn to Ina's feature recipe in this month's House Beautiful: A Cape Cod Chopped Salad.

My senses never fail me when it comes to craving comfort foods at this time of the year, and a hearty salad ranks right up there on the "must-make" list for Fall. Ina's addition of Granny Smith apples and bacon, plus a dressing made with fresh orange zest quickly piqued my tastebuds. This salad is easily a one-course meal.

The dressing calls for maple syrup, which I didn't have on hand. Instead, I substituted local honey, and it worked fine. I also cut back on the olive oil, as I don't care for an overly-oily dressing.

My pic doesn't do it near enough justice. As for The Contessa's salad recipe: (as always) two thumbs up!