Happy Labor Day! I hope you are kicking back, relaxing and having a wonderful day with your family. Not only has Labor Day weekend always signified the beginning of school, football games, and putting away of white shoes, it has always also been the weekend we celebrate my Mama. Her birthday always falls some time around the big weekend and we take the opportunity to celebrate her big day all weekend long, if possible.
When I was a little girl, we’d usually spend the long weekend on our houseboat on the lake. We’d alternate from fishing to just drifting along on floats alongside the houseboat as we were anchored in our favorite cove. My sister and I would splash each other as we squealed and then called for Mama to make the other one stop. I think I was actually the one to start the splashing, but at that age, you’d never want to admit that your sister was right. That would have been worse than the scolding for sure.
I have such great memories of that old houseboat. Especially the nights we decided not to dock and would just anchor in the lake for the night. The string lights on the deck of the houseboat would sparkle across the water and we would just sit out for hours watching for shooting stars. Sometimes we saw them and sometimes I’d get bored and scare my sister that I really thought I saw a UFO. I was the mischievous one for sure.
My poor Mama.
It’s no wonder that I have a lot of making up to do from my childhood. Usually that means food. You know, food is the way to the heart, they say. So this year for her birthday, I decided to something a little bit different for her celebration supper. We had Shrimp and Grits and this gorgeous Apple Walnut Salad with Bleu Cheese Crumbles topped with the out of this world Bacon Vinaigrette that I talked about last week.
This salad will now forever be known in my house as the perfect September salad.
It couldn’t be easier to make either.
My Apple Walnut Salad is simply a bed a spinach topped with thin slices of tart, juicy Granny Smith apples, a handful of walnuts and then a heavy sprinkle of bleu cheese crumbles. But the crowning glory comes from that drizzle of Bacon Vinaigrette right on top.
It paired perfectly as the starter for the Shrimp and Grits, but I know it will be heavenly with my slow cooker BBQ pork chops, a BBQ chicken, or even my simple skillet steaks. It would also be just fine right on it’s own as a light salad for lunch or supper. You could change the dressing from the bacon vinaigrette to a red wine or balsamic vinaigrette and it would work just fine as well.
Here’s the recipe for my Apple Walnut Salad. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced thinly
- 1 cup walnuts
- ½ cup bleu cheese crumbles
- 1 recipe [bacon vinaigrette|http://addapinch.com/cooking/2012/08/30/bacon-vinaigrette-recipe/]
- Assemble salad by layering spinach topped with apple slices, walnuts, and bleu cheese crumbles. Serve with a drizzle of bacon vinaigrette or your favorite vinaigrette dressing.
Stop back by Wednesday for a slice of Mama’s birthday cake! You don’t want to miss it!
Enjoy your Labor Day!