Monday, September 25, 2006

Autumn Apple, Pear and Cheddar Salad with Pecans

In theory, this salad was going to be a nice little meal to welcome in the fall season. It has so many components I enjoy (fruit = good! nuts = good! cheese = good!) with a simple dressing. It got very good reviews, as well.

Sadly, I was very disappointed by it. It didn't tie together as nicely as I'd hoped, I didn't really like the dressing that much, and I ended up just eating the fruit pieces out of the bowl and leaving the rest of the salad. I have some other fruity autumny salads I will probably try soon, but I will not make this one again.

Autumn Apple, Pear, and Cheddar Salad with Pecans
from Cooking Light, July 2005

1 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon extravirgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
10 cup gourmet salad greens (about 10 ounces)
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1 medium McIntosh apple, cored and cut into 18 wedges
1 medium Bartlett pear, cored and cut into 18 wedges
1/4 cup (1 ounce) finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted

Place apple juice in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to about 3 tablespoons (about 10 minutes). Combine reduced apple juice, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk.

Combine greens, grapes, apple, and pear in a large bowl. Drizzle with apple juice mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and nuts.

Yield: 6 servings

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