When I first started cooking, or should I say when I first started TRYING to cook, I searched for a place to get easy, yummy recipes. My mom always had Taste of Home magazines laying on her coffee table and when I felt emboldened with courage, I would skim through looking for something simple. I wanted something I couldn’t screw up. Something that would give me confidence, didn’t involve the stove, and looked pretty on the plate. I came across this apple blue cheese salad recipe that was fairly uncomplicated. I even had all of the ingredients in my fridge. When my husband came home and saw the pretty colors on his plate, I knew I had found a keeper. Now I make it regularly and everyone loves it. Here’s how to make it:
First, start with a head of lettuce. You can use romaine, red leaf, spring mix, or whatever you like. I prefer a combination of romaine and spring mix. The romaine adds a nice crunch, and the spring mix adds more color and delicate leaves.
Now, chop up a sweet apple. I go for Gala or Fuji apples because they are the sweetest. Green apples are too tart and red apples are too grainy. It is important that the sweetness from the apple balance with the tangy of the cheese and tartness of the mustard.
Put the apples into a medium sized bowl and chop 4 green onions into small pieces.
Now put the onions in, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard. Extra light olive oil seems to blend the best. However, if you like the robust flavor of the extra virgin olive oil, heck, go for it! Regular mustard works if you don’t have dijon on hand, but it will taste more tart and the finished salad will have a yellowish tint.
Next, sprinkle in 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Freshly ground pepper will kick it up a notch if you have it in the cupboard.
Mix it all up and leave it off the lettuce until you are ready to serve. If you are transporting the salad for a party, it is best to keep the cheese and dressing off until you are ready. The lettuce easily wilts and the yummy apples will sink to the bottom.
But if you’re like me and you’re salivating already, dump the apple mixture in and top it off with 3-4 oz of crumbled blue cheese.
Now you are ready to eat! Take this to your next family dinner or ladies night out, and you’ll be the talk of the table!
- 1 head Romaine lettuce
- 1 Gala apple
- 3-4 green onions
- 3 tbsps olive oil
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1½ tsp sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 oz blue cheese
- Chop the lettuce. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the apple, onions, oil, mustard, sugar, and salt and pepper.
- Stir apple mixture until well coated.
- Pour apple mixture on lettuce and top with blue cheese.
- Toss and serve.