Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts, Blue Cheese, and Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts, Blue Cheese, and Pomegranate Vinaigrette | Very Culinary

by Amy on November 15, 2011 · 16 comments

For all of you eye-rollers who grew tired of me writing about my non-fussy, advanced-eating, miniature-foodie daughter, here is your ultimate revenge. Me bitching about her vegetable-hating, picky-eating, candy-obsessed little brother. Payback is sweet, no?

Today’s installment: salad.

Why is lettuce so hard for kids to grasp? I mean, if I told him he could pick a leaf off a tree and eat it, he’d be like, “Really? Cool!” But a plate of leaves from the market is so much less appealing.

So, we say things to him like, “See how your older sister is eating hers?” and “If you want to be big and smart like Daddy…” Oh, and my favorite, which of course is a total lie, “I bet all your friends would enjoy this.” See, peer pressure starts at home!

Alas, my quest continues. I make salads which have elements on the kid-friendly side and can easily be separated – fruit, sugar coated nuts, cheese.

I’ve already served this Roquefort Pear Salad a few times, which went over pretty well. But since I’m still getting through all those apples, I went searching.

The Bobby Flay name tag and glowing reviews attached to this made it a sure thing. I still tweaked it, but kept the main concept together. It was wonderful.

If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving side salad, you can’t go wrong with either of these.

Maybe Trevor’s serving will be covered in chocolate sauce. Hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts, Blue Cheese, and Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Serves 6-8
Prep time: 20 minutes

• 4 apples such as Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, or my favorite Honeycrisp (or a combination of any), cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice
• 10 cups mixed baby greens
• 1 1/2 cups sugar glazed walnuts, broken into pieces
• 1/2 pound blue cheese, crumbled (2 cups)
• 1 cup Pomegranate Vinaigrette (see below)
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Pomegranate Vinaigrette:
• 3 tablespoons pomegranate juice
• 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
• 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
• 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the dressing: Whisk together the pomegranate juice, vinegar, mustard and honey in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified. (The dressing can be made 2 days in advance and stored in a container with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator.)

Combine the apples, baby greens, walnuts and blue cheese in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

(adapted from Bobby Flay)

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Stephanie November 22, 2011 at 8:49 am

It never fails…your posts always bring a smile to my face. I can just see the convincing going on around your dinner table. He’ll come around someday, Amy. :)

By the way, this salad is mouthwatering! I love the sweet/salty/savory combo!


ButterSky November 18, 2011 at 2:12 am

Yummy! At the end of the day, I’ll just have to find somebody to cook such tasteful meals…


Eliana November 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

Excellent flavor combination girl. This looks amazing.


Becki's Whole Life November 17, 2011 at 3:32 am

This salad sounds great. I love walnuts, fruit and blue cheese together on a salad. I have to try this vinaigrette – it sounds tangy and sweet which I love.


sippitysup November 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

My theory is kids come into this world and already have a whole set of likes and dislike, long before they even belt their first scream. GREG


Mom November 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

This will be a keeper. It is similar to a salad I love, so I know it will be delicious.


Joanne November 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

If it makes you feel any better, I was totally that veggie hating kid…and look at me now! THERE IS HOPE!!

And chocolate sauce. There is that too.

I’ll take mine sans chocolate sauce. Oh and I’ll take Trevor’s serving too, thankyouverymuch.


Sandi Benoit November 15, 2011 at 10:01 am

I’ll take mine, covered in chocolate sauce, also!!!


pam November 15, 2011 at 9:06 am

Omit the blue cheese and I am all over this!


Anne November 15, 2011 at 8:59 am

I feel you, Amy. My guy won’t even touch pasta if it has a fleck of green on it. All of his favorite foods are beige. And his favorite phrase when he sees something new is “I don’t like it.” Even a delicious salad like this one.


Bev Weidner November 15, 2011 at 8:47 am



Amy November 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Bev, LOL. You crack me up!


Jenna November 15, 2011 at 8:47 am

This salad looks scrumptious! And even though I was never a picky eater as a child, I STILL wasn’t a huge fan of salad. I don’t know what it is about the leafy greens–it just never seems to click with the kiddos. Thankfully we all grow up one day and (hopefully) realize the folly of our ways . . . =)


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