Apple Salad With Walnuts, Blue Cheese & Pomegranate Vinaigrette Recipe Is Perfect Post-Apple Picking

apple saladWhen you think of culinary delights this time of year, probably the first thing that comes to your mind is some sort of comfort food. But there are ways you can keep things healthy while still incorporating the fresh, delicious, hearty flavors of fall. Check out this apple salad recipe, which features toasted walnuts, blue cheese, and a wonderful pomegranate vinaigrette for the dressing.

So there may be some blue cheese, but otherwise, this salad is pretty healthy. And what fun is life without a little bit of cheese anyway?

Perfect to whip up after an apple-picking adventure, this fresh salad can stand alone as a meal or as a tasty seasonal side. It only takes 15 minutes to make! And it's guaranteed to become a new, autumn-inspired staple in your household.

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Chopped Apple Salad With Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese & Pomegranate Vinaigrette recipe via Food Network

Ingredients

Pomegranate Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup pomegranate molasses
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salad:

6 apples (Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji) any or a combination of all, skin left on, core removed, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 cups baby spinach
2 heads endive, thinly sliced
1 cup toasted coarsely chopped walnuts
3/4 pound blue cheese, crumbled (recommended: Maytag, Danish, Cabrales)
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Whisk together the pomegranate molasses, vinegar, mustard, honey, and salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.

For the salad:

Combine the apples, spinach, endive, walnuts, and blue cheese in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss to coat, season with salt and pepper, to taste.

 

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