I have had variations of "Annie's Signature Salad" at many a restaurant, as I'm sure we all have. The yummy combination of greens, beets, apples and goat cheese is not revolutionary but it is at the same time refreshing and comforting (who knew those two went together so well!). It wasn't until I began cooking the apples that this salad took such a pleasant turn. Soon, I was making it for most of my own dinners and dinner parties and family functions because again...it's refreshing and comforting.
For a much needed crunch I began with candied walnuts but found, when I started cooking the apples and a delicious sweetness emerged, that I needed a bit of salt for balance. Hence, the roasted pepitas. The other wonderful thing about this salad is that it's always the right time to have it: winter, spring, summer or fall! I hope you enjoy it! —Annie's Kitchen