Gorgonzola Apple Salad

Overview

Fruit salads are a refreshing treat on a hot day, or ideal for those watching their weight (as long as you don't overload the dressing). Apples provide a crisp texture to salads with leafy greens and a kick of flavor with Gorgonzola cheese. Adding in spiced walnuts ups the textural factor and flavor kick even more so, making this into a full meal, if desired. This recipe makes enough for two.

Step 1

Preheat the over to 250 degrees F. Put 1 tbsp. olive oil into a baking pan and place in the oven.

Step 2

Take the pan out of the oven after five minutes. Add 1 tsp. soy sauce, 1/4 tsp. each ground ginger and salt and 1/8 tsp. garlic powder and stir around on the pan. Add 2 oz. walnuts to the mixture and stir to coat them and spread out in a layer to bake.

Step 3

Bake until the walnuts are browned, around 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on paper towels. Set the walnuts aside while you make the salad.

Step 4

Core a medium Granny Smith apple. Slice the apple into 1/2-inch cubes. Keep in refrigerator to chill while you prepare greens.

Step 5

Wash 8 to 10 oz. romaine lettuce and chop into 1-inch pieces. Dry the lettuce on a paper towel.

Step 6

Chop up the cooled walnuts. Toss 1/2 cup Italian vinaigrette with the lettuce in a separate bowl. Add the chopped nuts and 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp. Gorgonzola cheese. Toss well again.

Step 7

Serve up the salad with 1/4 cup dried cranberries and 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp. Gorgonzola cheese sprinkled on top.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Baking pan
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. each ground ginger and salt
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 oz. walnuts
  • Oven mitts
  • Paper towel
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple
  • Paring knife and corer
  • 8 to 10 oz. romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup Italian vinaigrette
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

References

  • BigOven: Apple Gorgonzola Salad with Spiced Walnuts
  • Cooks.com: Gorgonzola, Apple and Walnut Salad
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About this Author

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.