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This delicious winter salad is packed with mixed greens, red onions, tart green apples, and topped with walnuts, dried cranberries, and blue cheese crumbles. Its paired with filling seven grain crispy tenders, making it the perfect lightened up lunch.
Winter salad with apples, blue cheese, and crispy tenders
I love a good salad, especially when paired with fruit and cheese. That combination over a bed of fresh greens gets me every time. But the true star of this winter salad is the Gardein® Seven Grain Crispy Tenders. They round out the salad and make it an easy meal solution that is good for our bodies and the planet.
We like Gardein products because they are non-GMO project verified and we don’t have to sacrifice taste and texture to eat a plant based meal. We are not vegetarians, but I do try and incorporate meatless meals into our meal rotation. Which is why sharing this recipe with you on Meatless Monday is perfect.
We have enjoyed and shared about Gardein products before and have nothing but good things to say about their products. They taste great, are easy to make, and fill us up. Gardein’s wide variety of products are also free from MSG, trans fats, PHOs, artificial colors of flavors, preservatives, and cholesterol.
Their products are made with a combination of nutritious vegetables & grain ingredients (soy, wheat, ancient grains, peas, beets, and carrots) that make them a great option when trying to replace meat buy still offer a protein to your family.
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Where do I find Gardein products?
I picked everything for this winter salad recipe at my local Sprouts. They had a large selection of Gardein products in their freezer section. I picked up their Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders and Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n.
I love the fresh produce at Sprouts and they also have a good selection of vegan cheeses if you want to swap out the blue cheese for a non-dairy alternative.
What to serve with this vegetarian winter salad recipe?
- 4 Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders
- 1 (5-ounce) bag mixed greens
- 1/2 red onion, sliced
- 1/2 green apple, cut into strips
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles (or vegan blue cheese)
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup walnut pieces
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette
- Preheat oven to 430°F.
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or foil.
- Place crispy tenders on baking sheet and bake in oven for 18 minutes, flipping after 9 minutes.
- Combine the mixed greens, onion, apple, blue cheese, cranberries and walnuts in a large bowl. Toss to mix.
- Seperate salad into two bowls, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and top with crispy tenders.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1/2 salad + 2 crispy tenders
Amount Per Serving Calories 729Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 31gCholesterol 72mgSodium 1624mgCarbohydrates 58gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 5gSugar 25gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 31g
Nutrition information is an estimate.
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