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Inspired by Tessa Kiros “Twelve” cookbook, this excellent salad is easy to make and can be changed up to other nuts & cheeses, perhaps hazelnuts & pecorino Toscano or Gorgonzola dolce. Right now is apple season, local grape season and local nuts are available so perfect timing!
1 large apple
Mixed greens with radicchio & arugula for 8 servings
½ + cup shelled walnuts, very coarsely chopped & toasted**
½ + cup stemmed local grapes (I have used Coronation & Skookum grapes)
8 Tbsp. very good quality EVOO
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar or Mosto Cotto if you have it!
1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings
Wash, core & halve the apple, leaving on the skin. Cut each half thinly; placing the slices into lightly salted cold water that has a bit of lemon juice added.
Wash & spin dry the mixed greens. Divide the greens between 8 plates or one large serving platter. Top with the nuts, the well- drained apple slices, stemmed grapes.
Mix the EVOO and balsamic together in a small bowl; season with salt & pepper & drizzle the dressing over the salads or salad. Scatter with the Parmigiano & serve immediately.
**If you would like to see how to toast the nuts, please click here.