If you’re craving a good salad, this is a great one for fall! The crisp, chopped fresh apples and lightly-toasted chopped walnuts give this Apple, Walnut, and Stilton Cheese Salad a delicious autumn taste. It’s tossed in a dressing of raspberry balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and walnut oil, but if you don’t have those ingredients, there are some substitutions noted in the recipe—you can even make it super easy and use your favorite raspberry vinaigrette from a bottle!
I first made this salad when I did a review of a cookbook called Fresh Tastes by Lee Clayton Roper, which has recipes for everything from appetizers to breakfast foods to main dishes, vegetarian dishes, and desserts—all made with fresh ingredients (hence the name, Fresh Tastes) and easy to prepare. This salad just sounded so good, I had to try it! And I was definitely not disappointed! It’s not only delicious, it’s easy to make. Since we’re in the summer-into-fall time of year, this seems like the perfect time to repost this recipe and share it again—hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Apple, Walnut, and Stilton Cheese Salad
APPLE, WALNUT, AND STILTON CHEESE SALAD from Fresh Tastes
Makes 6 servings
1/4 cup raspberry balsamic vinegar (or substitute raspberry vinegar with 1 to 2 Tablespoons honey; if you can’t find raspberry vinegar, just substitute a raspberry or raspberry-walnut vinaigrette for the vinegar, lemon juice, and oil)
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup walnut oil (or substitute olive oil)
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
10 ounces mixed baby greens (spinach, arugula, lettuce)
2 large Gala or other red apples, unpeeled, cored and chopped
1 cup (6 ounces) chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
1 1/2 to 2 cups (6 to 8 ounces) Stilton cheese, crumbled (or substitute Gorgonzola or other forms of blue cheese)
In a medium glass jar with fitted lid, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice and oil until well blended and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside (you can skip this step if you’re using a raspberry-walnut vinaigrette).
In a large bowl, toss together mixed greens, chopped apple, walnuts and cheese. Just before serving, toss with just enough dressing to coat the lettuce (you may have some dressing left over). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Recipe used with permission | nancy-c.com
This is a great salad for not only summer-into-fall, but winter too! The flavors of the chopped apples, walnuts, and Stilton cheese go really well together. Do you have a favorite fall or winter salad recipe?