Apple Cranberry Salad and a Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

by Lana Stuart on November 20, 2012 · 10 comments

Apple-Cranberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

The big day is almost here! Have you started cooking yet? I have. But I’m still refining my menu. Probably will be right up until we sit down at the table. Just in case you’re still trying to decide just what to include on your Thanksgiving table, I thought I’d do a little review of some possibilities from the Never Enough Thyme archives.

Oh, and I’m also including a new recipe that would be a welcome addition. On this day of feasting and heavy eating, it’s sometimes nice to include at least one thing that’s on the lighter side. This lovely Apple Cranberry Salad would be a nice start to your meal and fits right in with its autumnal theme of apples, cranberries, and walnuts. And the balsamic vinaigrette is just delicious as well. You’ll find the recipe at the end of the post.

Southern Cornbread Dressing

It simply would not be Thanksgiving for us without Turkey and Southern Cornbread Dressing. Yes, that’s dressing. Not stuffing. It’s a southern thing. Check out the original post if you don’t know the difference :-)

And to serve along with the dressing, of course there has to be our favorite Cranberry-Orange Relish. Or maybe you’d like to try something new this year like my Kumquat and Dried Cherry Chutney? You’ll find both recipes at the link.

Baked Fruit

After the turkey and dressing, it’s all about the sides! How about something a little different this year – this gorgeous Baked Fruit for instance.

Braised Green Beans

Green beans are always popular at Thanksgiving. My recipe for Braised Green Beans really puts the flavor over the top.

Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese

A new favorite of ours is this Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese. Bursting with flavor and so colorful!

Copper Pennies – a marinated carrot salad and a Southern favorite – always popular with kids and adults alike.

Polly's Pink Stuff

And don’t forget the Jello mold! It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Polly’s Pink Stuff on our table.

If after that huge meal you still have a tiny bit of room left, maybe one of these desserts would hit the spot.

Pecan Cheesecake PiePecan Cheesecake Pie. Yum. Pecan pie and cheesecake all in one bite. Heavenly.

Charlotte Russe

Another Southern favorite – Charlotte Russe. Might want to serve this one for the adults only since it has a generous amount of good old Jim Beam in the recipe ;-)

Chocolate Little Layer Cake

Got room for one more bite? Maybe this Chocolate Little Layer Cake would be the perfect ending to your meal. Yum. Yum.

So, won’t you share what’s on your menu for Thanksgiving? I’d love to recipes, too! Is your Thanksgiving traditional or something new and different? Please share!

Apple-Cranberry Salad and a Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup
 
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A light and refreshing salad for your Thanksgiving table. Lovely autumnal flavors of apple, cranberry, and walnuts.
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 2 crisp apples (I used Granny Smith)
  • 6 cups Butter lettuce, Red Leaf lettuce, or a mix of both
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
For the vinaigrette:
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or grated
  • 2 tblsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a dry skillet over medium high heat, toast the walnuts. Shake the nuts several times while cooking to prevent scorching. Takes about 6-7 minutes. Set aside to cool while preparing the rest of the salad.
  2. Slice the apples lengthwise into thin slices. Combine the apples, lettuce, walnuts, cranberries, and blue cheese in a large bowl.
Make the vinaigrette.
  1. Add the vinegar, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Slowly add the olive oil while whisking constantly.
  2. Serve the salad on individual small plates. Pass the dressing at the table.
Notes
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1 Brenda November 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

Lana – when you posted the Copper Pennies recipe months (years?) ago, it brought back great memories, and I’ve made them several times since then. They will be part of our Thanksgiving dinner also – always a big hit!

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2 Lana November 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Hope your dinner goes well, B. We’re having a small group this year, nothing like yours!

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3 DeniseB November 20, 2012 at 11:45 am

I just love ALL your recipes, you bring back so many good memories! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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4 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos November 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

They all look scrumptious Lana!! :) I especially love the idea of pairing butternut squash and blue cheese. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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5 Miss P November 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Since it’s just us, I am doing the traditional stuff. I used your recipe to try to gauge the proportions on Mama’s undisputed, hands down, best of the entire world, dressing. I usually just wing it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Blessings and love to all.

Miss P

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6 Lana November 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Happy Thanksgiving and love to y’all as well. If you get to North Georgia this weekend, give us a call. We’ll have leftovers :-)

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7 Miss P November 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Turned out great! Thanks for all of the time that you put in to translate the recipe of, again, the undiputed Queen of Dressing!!!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Miss P

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8 Wendyvee November 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I’ve made several of your recipes and enjoyed them all; but I have to tell you that the Copper Pennies were a GIANT hit as a sidedish this Thanksgiving. I felt guilty taking compliments since it was so EASY :)

Thanks, Lana :)

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9 Lana November 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I’m so glad y’all enjoyed the Copper Pennies! They’re always a hit here, too.

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