Fall Salad Add-Ins: Apples, Walnuts, Dried Cherries, Blue Cheese

by Mary on December 5, 2011

I often make fall salads like this one. Starting with washed, shredded lettuce tossed with a simple home-made dressing, I add dried cherries, my son’s favorite.  Next come roughly chopped walnuts or pecans and a circle of sliced apples or pears.

Sometimes I’ll add small bits of fresh cheese, usually goat cheese. Tonight I used some of the fancy  Saint Agur blue cheese I have left from a previous recipe. My son, who hates blue cheese, got goat cheese instead.

I usually don’t add sugar to salad dressing, but in this case I include a little maple syrup. Like the apples, it speaks to me of my Michigan roots.

Fall Salad with Apples, Walnuts, Dried Cherries and Blue Cheese
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A fall salad with a mild dressing and fruit, nuts, and a little blue cheese.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 3
  • Dressing:
  • 3 Tbs. neutral tasting oil such as grapeseed or expeller-pressed canola
  • 1 tsp. champagne vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Salad:
  • 1 head red lettuce, washed, dried, and shredded into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 apple, cut into slices
  • handful dried cherries
  • handful walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp. artisan blue cheese
  1. Combine canola oil, champagne vinegar, and maple syrup in a small bowl.
  2. Stir together with a fork.
  3. Pour dressing over shredded lettuce.
  4. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  5. Serve lettuce onto dinner plates.
  6. Add cherries on top of lettuce.
  7. Add chopped walnuts.
  8. Arrange sliced apples on each salad in a circle.
  9. Finish with small bits of artisan blue cheese.

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