Carrot Apple Cheddar Salad With A Kick

   After my post yesterday which usually is spread out over several days to assemble, I thought I’d do something much simpler. Simplicity doesn’t always mean drab or dull. The simplest flavours can combine to make an exciting dish. When my Mum was alive I made her a salad that had a series of simple ingredients but with multiple textures and flavours. At the time, she called them “surprise bites.” I found this a concise way of describing it. It was a summery salad with berries and radishes, but with the weather rather wintry, I wanted to put together a salad that speaks more to this season. Something I call a Winter’s Nest Salad.

WINTER’S NEST SALAD (CARROT APPLE CHEDDAR SALAD WITH BACON)

For the Creamy Spiced Apple Yogurt Dressing:

1/4 cup Spicy Apple Chutney (or any favourite chutney)

1/3 cup Bles-Wold Greek yogurt

   In a small bowl, combine the chutney and yogurt until smooth.

For the salad:

2 cups shaved** August Organics carrots

1 apple, cored and cut into 1cm(1/2″) chunks

1/4 cup crumbled Sylvan Star Cheese 8 year old cheddar (feta cheese would also work well)

2 slices Sunshine Organic bacon, crisped and crumbled

**Note: To shave carrots, after peeling the carrots, simply keep peeling in long strips with a vegetable peeler (you can also coarsely grate the carrot and toss it together with the rest of the ingredients if you’d rather make the salad even simpler).

To assemble:

   Toss the shaved carrots with half of the dressing and spread over the bottom of two serving bowls. Make a depression in the centre of each, making room for the rest of the salad. Toss the apple and cheddar with the other half of the dressing. Mound this mixture in the centre of the shaved carrots and top with crispy, crumbled bacon. Serves 2.

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