Chopped Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Total Time:
15 min
15 min

8 servings

  • Pomegranate Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salad:
  • 6 apples (Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji) any or a combination of all, skin left on, core removed and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 heads endive, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup toasted coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 pound blue cheese, crumbled (recommended: Maytag, Danish, Cabrales)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For the vinaigrette:
For the vinaigrette:

Whisk together the pomegranate molasses, vinegar, mustard, honey and salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.

For the salad:

Combine the apples, spinach, endive, walnuts and blue cheese in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss to coat, season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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    This salad is very rich but also very tasty. I'd definitely make again for a holiday or other special occasion.
    I was asked to bring a salad to my brother's for thanksgiving. I made this and it was wonderful! Rave reviews! I used Alton's recipe for the Pom molasses. Very easy and tasty. It fed 20 people as a side dish for the Thanksgiving feast.
    I make this all the time, has become a recipe I keep going back to. Make the pomegranate molasses myself. Amazing salad dressing that everyone loves.
    Simply fantastic! A huge hit at our NYE 2013 Party. I had to sub a few ingredients. I used pomegranate flavored red wine vinegar (found at Meijer and brown sugar/water to sub for the molasses. It worked well! I will definitely make this again.
    Yum! This salad is amazing!: I found the recipe two months ago and have had made it probably six times since! I use more lettuce; I fill up a salad bowl with enough lettuce needed per serving sizes, then top off with apples, cheese, and walnuts! I add another Tbsp of honey, candied the walnuts, and use gorgonzola because my family doesn't like bleu cheese! I found the pomegranate molasses at While Foods; they also sell it online at Amazon! Definitely try making will LOVE it:
    After not being able to find the pomegranate molasses even in specialty food stores, I discovered a simple recipe for it from Alton Brown on the web and made it myself a few days before the holidays. It was easy and no doubt much less expensive than buying it retail. I will be making this superb and easy salad from now on. It's a fantastic salad for all occasions, even just for a simple healthy meal for one.
    This recipe is wonderful!! However, I omitted the pomegranate mol from recipe (did not have but added dried cranberries, left walnuts raw and cut recipe in 1/2 as only my husband and I. It was still fabulous! My husband told me to add it to "the list"!!
    This is a great recipe. What a great combination of textures and flavors. I loved the vinaigrette. I found the pomegranate molasses at an international grocery store. It was in the Middle Eastern section. It smelled wonderful! Albuquerque is notorious for being a difficult city to find anything out of the ordinary that is not an ingredient for Mexican or New Mexican food. I was thrilled to find it. Well worth driving all the way across town for. Bobby does it again!
    As others have done made the pomegranite molasses from Alton Brown, and followed the recipe exactly, just seemed to be missing something I added more salt and 2tbsp more of honey, still seemed lacking in flavor so I added some fresh ginger that seemed to help but not alot. It sure is fun to try new things tho:
    My love for Bobby is now undying. This salad is amazing. I'm eating it right now and without the greens. The apples, nuts, blue cheese and dressing alone are out of this world. The most incredible, layered flavor! The dressing is so soft, sweet and delicious. I couldn't find pomegranate molasses, so I made my own following Alton Brown's recipe for it. Easy! Thank you Bobby for the most fabulous, show stopping salad EVER. I entertain quite a bit and this is sure to be a monster hit at my next dinner party.
    Love this salad! It was served at a holiday party that I attended a few years ago, and I just had to get the recipe. I have since made it several times, and it's always a hit. I usually add some pomegranite seeds to the salad. I use Alton Brown's recipe to make pomegranite molasses.
    Made this salad last night and it was absolutely fabulous! I used honeycrisp apples. The pomegranate vinaigrette is sooooo good I will be using it on all types of salads in the future.
    I made a few changes and took it to a staff party where it was a hit. Everyone thought it was delicious and pretty for a healthy dish. Instead of hunting down the pomegranate molasses, I reduced pure pomegranate juice with a little sugar until reduced by half and a little syrupy. I also added more spinach than in the recipe and pomegranate seeds. They added pretty red color to the salad.
    I only made the Pomegranate Vinaigrette and thought it was very good.
    I make this recipe 9 times a year, ever since it aired on TV for the first time. The quantities are not correct with the apples in my opinion. I think it should be your own preference. The dressing is great the way it is and I always have some left over for another round. I don't always use the cheese when making it just for my husband and I. It's still good with out it.
    Wouldn't change a thing
    Tasted great. Crunchy, sweet, and tangy. Used fewer apples and added some escarole.
    The dressing is amazing, and I like the combination. The only problem is that the apples overwhelm the other ingredients. I would reduce apples and increase greens.
    Awesome flavor and a great addition to our Thanksgiving dinner! Everyone loved it!
    I've made this twice and got great compliments each time. Had trouble finding pomegranate molasses but found a recipe to make it from pomegranate juice which worked fine. I was in a hurry the second time I made it, so I ended up using a store bought raspberry vinaigrette which worked out OK.
    YUM! This salad has anything and everything you could want. Crunch, sweetness, tanginess. Sooooo goood! It was the first time I went to the Mediterranian section at the grocery store. The flavors combine beautifully!!!
    I made this salad for Thanksgiving and am making it again for Christmas - it is probably the best salad I have ever had! I found pomegranate molasses at a middle-eastern market. The flavors are bold and tangy with a slight undertone of sweet. Just perfect! The only change I made was to use pecans instead of walnuts because that's what I had on hand. So great and I plan on making this lots in the future!
    This salad is delicious. My family asked for it several days in a row. I didn't use as much oil as called for - just kind of taste tested the dressing - still yummy.

    I used the pomegranate molasses recipe from Alton Brown, which was very easy to do and didn't take too long.
    I made this salad for my annual Christmas luncheon for the girls I used to work with. Each year I try to find something new to give them and this salad was a hit big time. I had to make the pomegranate molasses because my grocery store did not carry it but it was well worth it. I am not a blue cheese fan so I purchased the Danish mild and it was good. I mixed up the apples using granny smith, honey crisp and royal gala. I was also presently surprised at how tasty the roasted walnuts were.
    Bobby Flay you rock!.
    If Pomegranite Molasses wasn't so hard to find I would of given this vinaigrette recipe 5 star. It was really tasty, but I had to make my own pomegranite juice in order to make pomegranite molasses. I'm not sure this vinaigrette is worth all the work, but it is good.
    If I ever find the molasse in the store then I'll for sure make this recipe again, otherwise I don't think I will.
    This fabulous salad hits all the traditional notes for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah: apples, honey, pomegranates, candied nuts, spinach - with a more sophisticated taste. I used a mix of fresh-picked apples, made the pomegranate molasses according to Alton's amazing recipe, used honey-glazed pecans I found in the grocery store, but omitted the blue cheese. A very tasty first course for a holiday dinner!
    This is a fantastic recipe! I made the recipe for Alton Brown's pomegranate molasses (note- a reviewer states there is a mistake in the recipe- sugar should be 2 1/2 cup of sugar vs. 1/2). This is better than most restaurants which lack flavor and acidity.
    I was searching for a fuji apple salad because I love the one I have at a neighborhood restaurant we frequent. This one sounded pretty similar, so I made it for a baby shower brunch. It was delicious! Just as good as the restaurant one I love. I bought all the ingredients at Trader Joe's. I didn't use any endive and I added mixed baby greens. I also used Trader Joe's candied walnuts instead of toasted walnuts since the salad that I like at the restaurant uses candied ones. Trader Joe's candied walnuts are only slightly sweet, so they work well. I was able to find the pomegranate molasses at a grocery store near my house that has a very big selection. I used Trader Joe's cumbled blue cheese, which is pretty strong- I don't know if the ones recommended in this recipe are this strong, but I have a feeling they are not. I didn't use as much as the recipe recommended. I probably wasn't very good about using the same proportions as Bobby since I had to make a large amount and just played it by ear. LOVE the dressing (also didn't use as much oil as it said). Will definitely make this again!!
    I only used a half cup of oil...I think 3/4 cup would have been way too much. My parents and boyfriend loved this salad. I used shredded sharp cheddar cheese on my salad because I don't like bleu cheese, it worked perfect.

    I also just used Pom Pomegranite juice instead of pomegranite molasses
    This is such a delicious salad and so full of antioxidants and nutrients too! And the variations are endless. I've tried it with dried cranberries, grilled pears, pecans and pine nuts, feta cheese and goat cheese. Everyone loves this recipe.

    Pomegranate molasses can be found in Middle Eastern markets or if you don't have one there are plenty of online sources. It is quite inexpensive too. I keep it on hand for all sorts of things. It makes a great glaze for poultry or try it with some chipotle for a pork tenderloin glaze. mmmmm!!
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