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 is awesome. I couldn't find pomegranate molasses so I made my own (4 cups of unsweetened pomegranate juice, 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 lemon juice...simmer until thickened about 60-80 minutes, let cool). I also brined some chicken breast and grill). EVERYTHING WAS VERY YUMMY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made for Thanksgiving...nice salad....definitely different....the tangy dressing was a nice counterpoint to the other more traditional sides. Found pomegranate sauce/molasses at Whole Foods at 9.99 per bottle..(made in Lebanon) worth it because the flavor is distinct. I would recommend a mix of apples...I went too heavy on granny and would mix more sweet apples in next time because dressing is on tart side too. Great recipe though...more of an apple salad than a lettuce based salad if you follow proportions as written. Executed recipe as written, will probably only use about 2/3rd of dressing on salad next time because as the level went down, too much dressing left....apples and greens swimming in it toward end. Definitely the kind of salad you want to dress and eat right away...won't keep well for long. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The dressing was very good. The salad is enormous though. The flavors work well together, but I cut way back on the amounts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. I found the pomegranate molasses at Whole Foods. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This salad is very rich but also very tasty. I'd definitely make again for a holiday or other special occasion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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: item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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