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Mixed Greens with Blue Cheese, Walnuts, and Apples

(recipe, Carrie Floyd)


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Introduction

Think of this salad as a blueprint for other salads: mixed greens tossed with a zesty dressing, toasted nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds), a sweet or tangy fruit (apples, pears, dried cranberries), and a flavorful cheese (blue cheese, goat cheese, Parmesan). With fresh ingredients and the right balance of textures and flavors — tangy, sweet, nutty, salty — you can't go wrong. Feel free to substitute apple-cider vinegar in the vinaigrette for a little more punch.

Ingredients

  1. 8 to 10 cups salad greens, washed and dried
  2. ⅓ cup House Vinaigrette
  3. 1 cup toasted walnuts or Spiced Pecans
  4. 1 crisp green apple, such as a Granny Smith, cored and cut into bite-size chunks
  5. ½ cup crumbled blue cheese, such as Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue, Roquefort, or Bleu d’Auvergne
  6. Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Steps

  1. In a large salad bowl, toss together the salad greens with the vinaigrette, nuts, chopped apples, and crumbled blue cheese. Season to taste with freshly ground pepper and salt.