Salads are a wonderful addition to any meal. What I like about them is how diverse each salad is. You can go the savory route, like the Caesar I made a few weeks ago, or sweet with this Apple Walnut Blue Cheese salad. I have always loved salads that involved apple with blue cheese but never tried sauteing the apple.
After I had toasted some walnuts and whisked up an easy red wine vinegar dressing, I got to work on the apples. It was actually a very simple procedure; add apples and sugar into a pan with some olive oil and stir every now and then while the apples soften and eventually brown. When they were cooked, I tested one and they were delicious! I chose to use granny smith apples instead of golden delicious which turned out to be the right call. The added sugar left them sweet like candy with a slight tang.
I then combined the lettuce, apples, walnuts, and dressing in a big bowl and served up some salad for my family. This recipe was a hit! The apples were sweet, the blue cheese tangy, the walnuts were slightly earthy and gave it a warm flavor, and finally, the dressing balanced everything else wonderfully. Although I do love the way raw apples are so crisp in salads, I enjoyed this variation as well and didn’t miss the former. Give it a try, if you have any comments on the recipe, leave them below. Bon Appetit!
Sauteed Apple Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese
Adapted from Epicurious
Makes 6 servings
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1/2 cup olive oil plus 1 tablespoon
8 cups mixed baby greens
3-4 medium-sized Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch-thick slices
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place walnuts on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and bake for 5-10 minutes.
Combine vinegar and thyme. Gradually whisk in olive oil and set aside.
Wash and dry baby greens and place in a salad bowl.
Heat remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Add apples and sugar and saute for 8 minutes or until apples are almost tender.
Increase heat to medium-high and cook until apples are golden brown, about 4 minutes.
Remove from heat and transfer apples to salad bowl.
Add walnuts, crumbled cheese and dressing, serve immediately.