Friday, July 01, 2005

Autumn Apple, Pear, and Cheddar Salad with Pecans

Autumn Apple, Pear, and Cheddar Salad with Pecans(Adapted from CL)

1 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
10 cup gourmet salad greens (about 10 ounces)
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1 medium McIntosh apple, cored and cut into 18 wedges
1 medium Bartlett pear, cored and cut into 18 wedges
1/4 cup (1 ounce) finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted

Place apple juice in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to about 3 tablespoons (about 10 minutes). Combine reduced apple juice, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk.

Combine greens, grapes, apple, and pear in a large bowl. Drizzle with apple juice mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and nuts.


  1. If I cant find McIntosh apples or Bartlett pears, what varieties would make a good substitute, please?

  2. Hi Shammi,

    I think any juicy apple or ripe pear would work just fine! The flavor in the dressing can help bring the fruit together.

  3. Can you tell me how many servings this salad makes. I noticed that you don't put how many servings a particular dish makes with the recipes on your blog. Thank you, Diana

  4. Can you tell me how many servings this salad makes and I also have a suggestion. Can you put the number of servings with your recipes.

  5. Hi DB - I started adding them a few months ago, but who am I to tell you how much one should eat? :) This recipe makes about 4-6 servings! Hope that helps!