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A hearty winter salad with homemade dressing to kick off the new year

By Katie Workman, Associated Press
This October 2017 photo shows a winter green salad with cranberries and goat cheese in New York. This salad comes together in 20 minutes, and is a bowl of vibrant color and texture that seems anything but a postscript to the menu. (Mia via AP) RPKW201

There are good reasons to give salad its due consideration, especially now that we have put 2017ís major feasts behind us. A salad adds some critical lightness and crunch to a meal.

Salads can also be out-and-out beautiful, with very little work. Here, a few types of lettuces mingle with slivers of red onion, tart apples and cranberries, and creamy goat cheese, tied together with a zippy dressing. You could add some chopped pecans or walnuts, or slivered almonds on top if you like.

This stunner comes together in 20 minutes, and is a bowl of vibrant color and texture.

Katie Workman, Associated Press