Apple and blue cheese salad in a large white serving plate
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Apple, Blue Cheese & Pomegranate Salad

Featuring the classic apple and blue cheese combo, this tasty salad is perfect when you are entertaining or need to bring "the salad" to a fall and winter get-together. It's very easy to make and you will be sure to impress!

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword #applesalad, #dinnerparty, #entertainingrecipe, #saladrecipe, party
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 398 kcal

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasse see notes
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Salad

  • 1/2 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1 red apple thinly sliced – I like to keep the skin for the color
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbled

Instructions

  1. Toast the walnuts. Place walnuts in a small pan over medium heat. Leave them undisturbed for 2-3 minutes to toast them then shake the pan to toast the other side for another minute or 2.

    The exact timing will depend on your stove. Keep a close eye on them because they will go from toasted to burnt in just a few seconds.  

    Set aside to cool.

  2. Prepare the dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk or a spoon. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl or serving plate, add mixed greens, sliced apples, pomegranate and walnuts. Pour dressing and toss to combine. Sprinkle with blue cheese and toss delicately to avoid it to be squished (you can also sprinkle directly on the plates).

Recipe Notes

Make ahead tips

Substitutions

You can use:

Pomegranate Molasses

Do you really have to use pomegranate molasses? Short answer: you don’t, but it won't be the same!

Pomegranate molasses is a big part of the dressing and the taste of the salad BUT it would work well with a simple vinaigrette (same ingredients except the molasses). The taste would be different, but good.

Where to buy:

Pomegranate molasses might be available in the ethnic or international aisle of your supermarket. You can also find it in Middle Eastern stores (it's a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine) or maybe even asian stores because they often carry "exotic" products. 

Amazon carries a few different brands. Be careful to buy actual molasses though and not pomegranate sauce. This product seems to be the real deal and doesn't have added sugar. 

You can also easily make your own pomegranate molasses with pomegranate juice! Here is a good recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Apple, Blue Cheese & Pomegranate Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 /4th)
Calories 398 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 417mg 17%
Potassium 273mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 12.2%
Vitamin C 16.3%
Calcium 11.1%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.