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Green Apple and Gouda Salad with Croutons

(recipe, Carrie Floyd)


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Introduction

Last summer I had a delicious salad with rye croutons and green apples at C-House in Chicago. Here's my variation, which pairs nicely with White Winter Soup for a simple supper.

Ingredients

    Croutons
    1. 1 Tbsp. olive oil
    2. 4 thick (½-inch) slices of rye or multigrain bread, cut into small cubes
    3. Salt
    Vinaigrette
    1. 2 tsp. whole-grain Dijon mustard
    2. 1 Tbsp. apple-cider vinegar
    3. 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    4. 1 tsp. honey
    5. ⅓ cup sunflower or canola oil
    6. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    Salad
    1. 2 green apples, cored and thinly sliced
    2. 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    3. 6 to 8 cups loosely packed greens (I like a mixture of arugula or watercress — something peppery — with baby spinach)
    4. ¼ lb. aged Gouda cheese, thinly sliced into 1-inch pieces
    5. ¼ cup Pickled Red Onions

    Steps

    1. Make the croutons: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the cubes of bread and a big pinch of salt. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crispy and toasty brown. Remove the croutons from the skillet and set aside to cool.
    2. Make the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, and honey. Slowly add the oil, whisking continuously, until the vinaigrette is emulsified and all the oil is added. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    3. Assemble the salad: In a medium bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice. In a large bowl, toss the greens with several tablespoons of the dressing. Distribute the greens evenly among 4 to 6 plates; top with the sliced apples, Gouda, pickled onions, and croutons. Drizzle with the remaining dressing, to taste, and serve. (You may have leftover vinaigrette, depending on how lightly you dress the salad.)