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Apple and Spinach Salad with Cheddar

Apple and cheese don't always mean pie. Here, with spinach, nuts and a zesty dressing, the apple/cheese combo makes a hearty salad. Try Spartan, Northern Spy, Rome Beauty or Winesap for this salad. Cortland apples, if available, are the very best salad apples because they don't discolour.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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  • Portion size 8

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupolive oil
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspwine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspDijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspfreshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupsour cream
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupfinely chopped green oniongreen onions
  • tabasco sauce, to taste

Salad

  • 1 lb 1lbspinach, (about 1 1/2 pkg)
  • 2 2appleapples
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsplemon juice
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cuptoasted slivered almonds or fresh walnuts
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsgrated old white Cheddar cheese or Gruyère cheese
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Preparation

Dressing: Combine all ingredients, adding a dash of Tabasco sauce; cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving. Taste, adding more salt if desired.

Salad: Rinse spinach thoroughly in cold water; drain. Remove coarse stems and shake or spin off excess water. Wrap in towelling until just before serving time.

Break spinach into large bite-sized pieces. Core and dice unpeeled apples, then toss with lemon juice. In large salad bowl, arrange spinach, then mound apples in center. Surround apples with circle of nuts; sprinkle cheese in band around inside edge of bowl.

Bring salad to table, pause for admiration of your arrangement, pour on the dressing, toss and serve.

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