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 Italian Apple Raisin Salad

There are big questions in life: Who are we? Where do we go when we die? What is our purpose? And then, there are the really big questions: Is this salad, or fruit salad? It's a salad, and has two kinds of fruit. This is truly a question that each person needs to answer for herself—after trying the recipe, of course.

Serves 6

What You Need:

1 cup raisins
3/4 pound mixed greens or baby spinach leaves
2 apples, cored and sliced into half moons
2 medium carrots, ends trimmed, cut into matchsticks
3 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
1 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil, to taste

What You Do:

1. Soak the raisins in warm water for 20 minutes, or until soft and plump. Drain and gently squeeze to remove excess water.

2. Toss the greens, apples and carrots together in a large bowl. Sprinkle the pine nuts, raisins, and salt on top. Drizzle the vinegar over the salad, followed by the oil. Serve immediately.

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