Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Honeycrisp Cobb Salad


We all love Honeycrisp apples right? I know I sure do. "Seeing they are called hybrid apples", I decided to do a little research on these beauties to see where they come from. 
The Honeycrisp apple was produced from a 1960 cross of Macoun and Honeygold, as part of the University of Minnesota apple breeding program. Who knew the called it apple breeding.
Click the names for some more info. I have to say it's quite interesting.  



FOR THE DRESSING:
1 cup apple cider 
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup aged balsamic syrup 
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup canola oil 

FOR THE SALAD:
2 large Honeycrisp apples
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
2 medium avocados 
3 cups shredded romaine lettuce 
3 cups shredded iceberg lettuce 
1 cup crumbled goat cheese
6 thick bacon slices, cooked and crumbled 
1 cup candied walnuts

Directions
FOR THE DRESSING:
Cook the cider, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until cider is reduced to 1/4 cup. Remove from heat, and cool completely (about 20 minutes).

Transfer cider mixture to a bowl, discarding cinnamon stick. Whisk in vinegar and next 6 ingredients. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Set aside.


FOR THE SALAD:
Cut apples into 1/8-inch matchsticks; toss with 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. 

Peel and quarter avocados; toss with 1 tablespoon of the remaining lemon juice.

Toss together the lettuces and arrange on a large serving platter. Arrange apples, cheese bacon, walnuts and avocado over salad greens. 

Drizzle dressing over finished salad.




*Adapted from Southern Living



6 comments :

  1. Oh wow, this is a fabulous salad! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  2. Looks so yummy! I love honeycrisp, but cringe everytime I see the price two or three times the other apple varieties! Sometimes you just have to stop pincing the pennies and go for it! Last year I found some giant honeycrisp apples that we made caramel apples with, they cost about $5 each, but were worth it. Thanks for sharing such a fun and yummy reicpe on Simple Supper Tuesday!

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  3. Thanks for sharing at Share your stuff Tuesday. This just looks so good, I love new and interesting ways to spruce up a salad! :)

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  4. Rina, I ADORE honeycrisp apples and have been eating them like candy this fall. Your salad looks gorgeous--so perfect for fall :)

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  5. Okay so first of all, Honey Crisp Apples are EASILY my favorites in the whole wide world. But second, THIS DRESSING!!! I mean I love a good salad but that dressing recipe is super fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Saturday Night Fever!!!

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  6. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Sure hope you are having a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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