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    Crisp Fall Apple and Cranberry Salad (Gluten-Free)

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    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

      This crispy, tangy fall salad is a marriage of dried cranberries, chunks of sweet, crunchy apple, and a dash of toasted pumpkin seeds.

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    Celiac.com 11/27/2020 - Summer has given away, and autumn is definitely beckoning with its crisp air and shortening days. Celebrate the transition with this simple, yet tasty salad that offers the best of summer and fall in one nutritious bowl. Dried cranberries, chunks of sweet, crunchy apple, and a dash of toasted pumpkin seeds bring out the flavors of fall to this crisp green salad. 


    • 1 package (10 ounces) mixed salad greens or red leaf lettuce
    • 1 medium red apple, diced
    • 1 medium green apple, diced
    • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
    • ½ cup dried cranberries
    • ½ cup pumpkin seeds, shelled and toasted

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    • 1 cup fresh cranberries
    • ½ cup sugar
    • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
    • ¼ cup thawed apple juice concentrate
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon grated onion
    • 1 cup canola oil

    Combine the first six ingredients. 

    To make dressing, pulse next seven ingredients in a blender, covered, until well mixed. 

    While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad; toss to coat. Refrigerate any leftover dressing.

    Toast pumpkin seeds by baking them in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat, stirring gently, until lightly toasted.

    Edited by Scott Adams

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    lovely - i love apples and dried cranberry in my salads.  I just toasted some squash seeds from my butternut squash so i'll add those.  The dressing sounds amazing - never thought to put fresh cranberries in my salad dressing.  I don't have any but will add some fresh oranges instead until i can get some cranberries.  Well done! 

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  • About Me

    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.

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