Today, for the first post of the new year, I have a light salad that works for the winter. You can feel free to make changes, including adding things like walnuts, parmesan cheese, or carrots. No step-by-step pictures because it is not necessary for this: it’s really easy!
This was a great salad for having people over. I tossed it right before guests arrived. It even kept for a couple days.
Directions for Winter Salad with Dijon, Focaccia Croutons, and Avocado
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons minced shallot
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
- 1 apple (I used a Honeycrisp), cut into small pieces
- Salad mix or lettuce, torn up and washed
- Leftover focaccia
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Cut up the focaccia into small pieces. Place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes until the pieces are medium to dark brown, and stale. Set aside to cool.
Stir together the Dijon, shallot, rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour some olive oil on the lettuce or salad mix in a large bowl. Toss with the avocado, apple, focaccia croutons, and the Dijon mixture.