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    Roasted Apple & Cheddar Salad

    Roasted apples and Cheddar cheese turn an ordinary mixed green salad into something extra-special. You can use pears for this recipe as well.

    Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons apple juice
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 2 apples, preferably Fuji, peeled and cut into wedges
    • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
    • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
    • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
    • 3 cups baby spinach, or torn spinach leaves
    • 3 cups Boston lettuce, torn
    • 3 cups curly endive, torn
    • 2/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
    • freshly ground pepper, to taste

    Instructions

    Step 1
    Preheat oven to 400°F.
    Step 2
    To prepare dressing: Whisk vinegar, apple juice, 1 tablespoon oil, honey, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
    Step 3
    To roast apples & prepare salad: Toss apples with 2 teaspoons oil and thyme in a medium bowl; spread evenly on a baking sheet. Roast, turning once or twice, until the apples are soft and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Discard fresh thyme, if using. Let cool.
    Step 4
    While the apples are roasting, toast walnuts in a small baking pan until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
    Step 5
    Just before serving, combine spinach, lettuce and endive in a large bowl; toss gently to mix. Divide the greens among 6 plates, drizzle with dressing and top with cheese, roasted apples and walnuts. Serve immediately.

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