Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Chopped Apple Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette:       ¼ C pomegranate molasses*
                        2 Tbls red wine vinegar
                        1 heaping Tbls Dijon mustard
                        1 Tbls honey, more to taste
                        ¾ C extra virgin olive oil
                        salt & pepper to taste

Salad:            6 apples (Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji
                           or any combination of them)
                        2 C baby spinach, remove stems if desired
                        2 heads endive, thinly sliced
                        1 C toasted walnut halves
                        ½ lb blue cheese, crumbled
                        salt& pepper to taste

                        optional: pomegranate arils as garnish

Prepare vinaigrette: Whisk together pomegranate molasses, vinegar, mustard, honey in small bowl. Salt & pepper to taste. Whisk in oil, a little at a time, until emulsified.

Prepare salad: Core apples and cut into ½” dice, leaving skin on. Combine apples, spinach, sliced endive, walnuts (coarsely chop, if desired) and blue cheese. Just before serving, toss with vinaigrette to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

Optional: garnish with pomegranate arils.

* Pomegranate molasses can be purchased at well stocked grocers or middle eastern markets.

Holley & McKenna

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