Another side dish from Mark’s French-inspired birthday, this lovely salad didn’t get as much attention as it deserved only because of the 20,000 other decadent dishes served that day.

Lovely and sweet, crisp and flavorful – it’s definitely a special occasion food.

Apple Champagne Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 tart apple
  • ⅔ cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon squeeze bottle ginger
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2¼ cups olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into a sealable container and shake until well combined.

Apple, Beet, Pear Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 large tomatoes, cubed
  • 4 large steamed beets, chopped
  • 2 large apples, chopped
  • 4 large pears, chopped
  • 1 cup apple champagne dressing (see above for recipe)
  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 1 12 cup Gorgonzola
Instructions
  1. Toss together tomatoes, beets, apple, pears, and dressing. Serve over bed of baby spinach and sprinkle with Gorgonzola.

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