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.  

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 

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

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.

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


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

  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!

  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! :)

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

  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!!!

  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