Salads are a summertime staple, but plain vegetable salads are often considered as only a side dish. Main dish salads are fresh and flavorful, filling you up while not adding a lot of fat or calories. Fresh apple salad is a good example of this salad type, with protein and cheese as well as a nice mix of fruits and vegetables. Add some crusty rolls and a cool drink to complete a refreshing summer dinner.
Tear the romaine into bite-sized pieces, and place them in a large salad bowl. Chop the celery into 1/4-inch slices. Chop the red pepper into 1/4-inch cubes. Place the celery and red pepper in the bowl with the romaine and toss.
Cut chicken or turkey breast meat into 1/2-inch cubes, and add it to the vegetable mixture. Crumble the feta cheese into very small bits, and add it to the vegetables.
Chop one tart apple into 1/4 inch cubes, and sprinkle the apple bits with lemon juice to prevent them from going brown. Use Granny Smith, Fuji, McIntosh or other crisp, tart apples. Add the apples to the salad, and toss the entire mixture.
Pour the cider vinegar, apple juice, oil, garlic and salt into a small bowl. Stir the ingredients with a whisk until they are thoroughly blended. Pour this dressing over the salad. Toss the salad to coat the ingredients with dressing.
Top the salad with candied walnuts to garnish. Serve with crusty bread or rolls. This recipe serves two people as a main dish meal.