winter apple salad

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Mixed Greens with Blue Cheese, Walnuts, and Apples

By , from the Culinate Kitchen collection
Serves 4
Total Time 10 minutes


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.


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


  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.

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100% recommend this recipe
1. by asides on Feb 25, 2009 at 6:14 PM PST

Love this kind of salad with pecans or walnuts and cranberries.

2. by on Mar 4, 2009 at 1:04 PM PST

I have been making this almost every day since it arrived in my inbox last week. It’s perfection. Can’t wait to try with candied or spiced nuts.

3. by debra daniels-zeller on Nov 23, 2009 at 7:27 AM PST

Love this salad. I like the Smoky Rogue Creamery the best!

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