Mixed Greens Salad with Green Apple, Sugared Pecans & Stilton Blue Cheese

Description:

Mixed Greens Salad with Green Apple, Sugared Pecans & Stilton Blue Cheese

Ingredients:

This salad is wonderfully refreshing, a blend of tart, crunchy apple contrasted with sugary nuts and creamy blue cheese. This is a perfect way to start a meal, or could even be eaten as a light lunch with a baugette.

Prepare:

1/2 bunch red leaf lettuce, roughly torn
1/2 bunch leafy green lettuce, roughly torn
1/2 cup raw pecan halves
1 tblsp. butter
1 tblsp. granulated sugar
1 firm Granny Smith apple, washed and sliced thinly
3 oz. Stilton blue cheese, crumbled with a fork
Juice of one lemon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Freshly cracked black pepper
Salt

How to Serve:

In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter with the sugar and add the pecan halves. Stir to coat, and turn often until the pecans are hot and crisp around the edges. Remove from pan. Cool.

In a bowl, mix together the lettuce and apple slices; add a splash of olive oil and the lemon juice, and toss to coat. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss in the pecans.


Experiment:
Arrange the salad on a plate and sprinkle the blue cheese over the top.


Wine Pairings:
For a heartier salad or a light meal, add grilled chicken or steak.

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