Apple and Spinach Salad with Cheddar

Author: Canadian Living

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.

  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
  • tabasco sauce to taste
Salad:
  • 1 lb spinach (about 1 1/2 pkg)
  • 2 apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup toasted fresh walnut
  • 1 1/2 cup grated old white Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Gruyère cheese

Method

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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