Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Blueberry & Apple Salad with Nuts & Blue Cheese

We went out to celebrate my birthday at a local restaurant about a week ago, and my mom ordered this salad. Well, not this salad, but one that had lettuce, blueberries, apples, nuts, and blue cheese. So mighty like this salad, in fact. I know I've mentioned that all my favourite salads have fruit, nuts, and cheese so this was one I definitely had to do at home. The only reason I didn't order it at the restaurant myself was that they had Kolapore trout!.

With the cheese, this is pretty much a meal in itself; if you want to serve it with other things you may wish to omit the blue cheese. Or not; it's awfully good.

4 to 6 servings
30 minutes prep time

Blueberry & Apple Salad with Nuts & Blue Cheese

Make the Dressing:
3 tablespoons apple butter
3 tablespoons apple cider or raspberry vinegar
3 tablespoons sunflower seed oil
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
a little very finely grated lemon zest

Stir or shake the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or jar. 

Make the Salad:
8 to 12 cups mixed salad greens
OR 1 large head of lettuce
2 cups (1 pint) blueberries
2 medium apples
the juice of 1/2 small lemon
1 cup chopped hazelnuts, walnuts, or other nuts
125 grams (1/4 pound) blue cheese (optional)

Wash the greens (lettuce) and cut or tear up into bite sized pieces. Rinse it well again and dry it thoroughly. Rinse and pick over the blueberries, and wash the apples. Cut them in quarters and remove the cores, then cut them into dice about the size of the blueberries. Toss them in the salad bowl with the lemon juice while you work, to prevent them turning brown.

Toss the salad greens, blueberries, nuts and crumbled bluecheese into the apples, and then toss again with the dressing. Serve promptly!

Last year at this time I made Minty Watermelon Agua Fresca and Peach Upside-Down Cake.

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