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Shades of Inexperienced Chopped Salad

Shades of Inexperienced Chopped Salad

Photo by Mark Weinberg
  • Serves
    2 to 3
Author Notes

I love combining sweet and savory in salads and that is where the idea for this dish came from. Dried fruits and nuts are a must in most of my salads, I love the texture and crunch they have and the wonderful contrast they give to the freshness of fruits and vegetables. – fortheloveofyum —fortheloveofyum

Test Kitchen Notes

Fast-forward to summer. Admittedly, we’re tiptoeing a bit out of season here in the Northeast for this salad, but trust us, it’s worth it. Fortheloveofyum has assembled a cool palette of greens — crisp cucumber, tart Granny Smith, crunchy pistachio, sweet golden raisin, and a sparkly creme fraiche and chive dressing to hold it all together — all while cleverly sidestepping the distraction of the classic salad green: lettuce. Bites of salty bleu sharpen the focus. We say: let the sun shine. – A&M —The Editors

  • Test Kitchen-Approved
  • Your Best Salad with Apples
    Contest Finalist
Ingredients
  • Chive dressing

  • 1

    small clove garlic


  • 2 tablespoons

    Champagne vinegar


  • 1 teaspoon

    crème fraîche


  • 1 tablespoon

    honey


  • 1 tablespoon

    chopped chives


  • 2 tablespoons

    extra-virgin olive oil


  • 1 pinch

    sea salt and black pepper, plus more to taste

  • Salad

  • 1

    Granny Smith apple, chopped


  • 1

    Hass avocado, chopped


  • 1 tablespoon

    freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • 1/2

    English cucumber, chopped


  • 1/4 cup

    chopped pistachios


  • 1/4 cup

    golden raisins


  • 1/3 cup

    crumbled gorgonzola cheese, room temperature


  • 1 pinch

    salt and black pepper, plus more to taste


  • 2 tablespoons

    chopped chives, for garnish (optional)

Directions
  1. Chive dressing
  2. In a blender, add in the garlic, Champagne vinegar, crème fraîche, honey, chives, salt, and pepper. Blend until combined.
  3. With the blender still on, through the top, stream in the olive oil. Blend until combined. Taste for salt and pepper. Set aside.
  1. Salad
  2. Toss the apple and avocado in the lemon juice so they don’t oxidize. Then, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and toss with the chive dressing. You may not have to use all of the dressing—I don’t like mine too wet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with some chopped chives. This salad can be made up to 3 to 4 hours in advance. If you are making the salad in advance add in the room temperature gorgonzola when you serve the salad.

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, Photo by Mark Weinberg Serves 2 to 3 Author Notes I love combining sweet and savory in salads and that is where the idea for this dish came from. Dried fruits and nuts are a must in most of my salads, I love the texture and crunch they have and the wonderful contrast they give
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, Ingredients:

  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon creme fraiche
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 1 Hass avocado, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 english cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup green raisins
  • 1/4-1/2 cups (depending on how much cheese you like in your salad) crumbled gorgonzola cheese, at room temperature
  • chive dressing (recipe above)
  • salt and black pepper, if necessary
  • chopped chives, for garnish, optional

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, Photo by Mark Weinberg Serves 2 to 3 Author Notes I love combining sweet and savory in salads and that is where the idea for this dish came from. Dried fruits and nuts are a must in most of my salads, I love the texture and crunch they have and the wonderful contrast they give to the freshness of fruits and vegetables. – fortheloveofyum —fortheloveofyum Test Kitchen Notes Fast-forward to summer. Admittedly, we’re tiptoeing a bit out of season here in the Northeast for this salad, but trust us, it’s worth it. Fortheloveofyum has assembled a cool palette of greens — crisp cucumber, tart Granny Smith, crunchy pistachio, sweet golden raisin, and a sparkly creme fraiche and chive dressing to hold it all together — all while cleverly sidestepping the distraction of the classic salad green: lettuce. Bites of salty bleu sharpen the focus. We say: let the sun shine. – A&M —The Editors Test Kitchen-Approved Your Best Salad with Apples Contest Finalist Ingredients Chive dressing 1 small clove garlic 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar 1 teaspoon crème fraĂ®che 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon chopped chives 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 pinch sea salt and black pepper, plus more to taste Salad 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped 1 Hass avocado, chopped 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 English cucumber, chopped 1/4 cup chopped pistachios 1/4 cup golden raisins 1/3 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese, room temperature 1 pinch salt and black pepper, plus more to taste 2 tablespoons chopped chives, for garnish (optional) Directions Chive dressing In a blender, add in the garlic, Champagne vinegar, crème fraĂ®che, honey, chives, salt, and pepper. Blend until combined. With the blender still on, through the top, stream in the olive oil. Blend until combined. Taste for salt and pepper. Set aside. Salad Toss the apple and avocado in the lemon juice so they don’t oxidize. Then, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and toss with the chive dressing. You may not have to use all of the dressing—I don’t like mine too wet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with some chopped chives. This salad can be made up to 3 to 4 hours in advance. If you are making the salad in advance add in the room temperature gorgonzola when you serve the salad.
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