Green Dragon Apple Salad with butter lettuce, blue cheese crumbles & walnuts

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It’s November 14th!  Wait … how in the world did that happen?  Oh October, I had such great plans for you.  We were going to be extra spooky, have a “creepy” themed dinner party and invite all our friends over.  I was going to send bloody body parts in a care package to my daughter at college and prank the daylights out of my youngest son. Now what am I suppose to do with  a drawer full of fake fingers and gel blood?!   It’s too late right?! Yeah… it’s too late.

A recipe for Dragon Apple Salad with butter lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, and walnuts  on LouiseMellor.com

The last 6 weeks play back in my head like a silent black & white movie.  The first scene is a glimpse of Halloween that I styled back in September, then my husband broke his collar-bone & ribs in a cycling accident. No sooner than he was home from the hospital,  my son had an emergency appendectomy.  Somewhere in there, I was styling a Hanukkah shoot with lots of Challah bread &  brisket,  then fast forward to more trips to the ER and endless doctor visits, and oh yes – another surgery… So yeah, not a lot of time to be spooky.

A recipe for Dragon Apple Salad with butter lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, and walnuts  on LouiseMellor.com

So, here we are, November 14th.  Okay November let’s do this –  I’m grabbing Fall by the … apples. Fall is all about apples for me.  There is not other season where you can find such a wide variety of apples readily available in the market.  Like all produce, apples taste best in the Fall because they are in season.   My favorites include, Jonagold, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, and Pink Ladies.  To that list I am now including these Green Dragon Apples.  The flavor is really unique like no other apple I have ever had before.  Juicy, crisp in texture, and  sweet,  the Dragon Apple tastes like an apple-pear-pineapple!  I know it’s hard to imagine, so you will just have to try them yourself to understand. The Dragon Apple is available through Melissa’s Produce at Bristol Farms and Gelson’s.

A recipe for Dragon Apple Salad with butter lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, and walnuts  on LouiseMellor.com

I think apples this good are best enjoyed as they are, raw.  Paired with a little blue cheese, walnuts, and balsamic,  this beautiful butter lettuce salad is simple and elegant at the same time.  It takes just minutes to put together and would be gorgeous for a Fall luncheon or dinner party.

The only things that would make this salad better might be some bacon, a glass of wine, and no more trips to the ER.

Green Dragon Apple Salad with butter lettuce, blue cheese crumbles & walnuts
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ green tart apple, thinly sliced
  • ½ red sweet-tart apple, thinly sliced
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain or Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Head of butter lettuce
  • Vinaigrette
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted walnut pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons about 1 ounce of blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain or Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Thinly slice your apples and toss gently in lemon juice. This will help the apples from turning brown.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette - chill until ready to use.
  3. Arrange apple slices onto the bottom of a salad plate in a circular pattern. Then stack 3 to 4 butter lettuce leaves on top of the apples. Tuck a few more apple slices in between the layers of lettuce and scatter walnuts and blue cheese over the top.
  4. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve cold.
  5. You can also tear the head of lettuce into a salad bowl and toss with the walnuts, blue cheese, and vinaigrette to taste.
2 comments… add one
  • Carol April 5, 2016, 11:48 am

    Hi –

    The recipe calls for vinegar, olive oil, honey and Dijon twice. Is this correct?

    Thanks!

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