Apple, Blue Cheese, and Candied Pistachio Salad


As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been enjoying, as Jim calls them, fruit and nut salads a lot recently. They’re a great weeknight meal, and it’s great how widely the flavors can vary depending on the green/fruit/nut/dressing/cheese combination you go with. I made this one on Friday to go along with a seafood gratin I was serving for dinner, and was told that this interpretation of the European Salad from Pistachio Health was Jim’s favorite. Go me! J


Ingredients:

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup Orange Juice
  • 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar, I use white
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Pistachios:

  • 1 Egg White
  • ¼ Sugar
  • 1 cup Pistachios

Salad:

  • 6 to 8 cups Salad Greens
  • 1 large Granny Smith Apple, chopped
  • ½ cup Craisins
  • ½ cup Blue Cheese, crumbled

Directions:

Dressing:

  1. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and drizzle desired amount over salad.

Pistachios:

  1. Preheat oven to 375. In a small bowl, whisk together egg white and sugar. Fold in 1 cup whole Sunkist Pistachio Kernels.
  2. Spread pistachios in a single layer on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, stirring halfway through baking time or until sugar looks bubbly.
  3. Loosen pistachios and let cool for 10 minutes. Store in airtight container until ready to use.

Salad:

  1. In large bowl, toss half the candied pistachios with the salad greens, ¾ of the apples, craisins, and cheese. Arrange onto salad plates; sprinkle with remaining apples, craisins, blue cheese and candied pistachios.
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