European Salad with Apples, Blue Cheese and Candied Pistachios

The fresh greens are paired with thinly sliced apples, tomatoes and onions and spiced up with a flavorful dressing. The salad is topped off with candied pistachios.

Ingredients

DRESSING:

⅓ cup fresh squeezed orange juice

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

 

SALAD:

1 cup pistachios, candied (see recipe below)

8 cups European salad greens

½ cup each yellow and red tear drop tomatoes

1 large Fuji or Gala apple, cored and thinly sliced

⅓ cup red onion, thinly sliced

½ cup blue cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. In large bowl, toss half the candied pistachios with the salad greens, tomatoes, apples and onion. 
  2. Arrange onto salad plates; sprinkle with blue cheese and remaining candied pistachios. 
  3. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and drizzle desired amount over salad.

CANDIED PISTACHIOS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together one egg white and 1/4 cup sugar. 
  3. Fold in 1 cup pistachio kernels. 
  4. Spread pistachios in a single layer on lightly greased baking sheet. 
  5. Bake 15 minutes, stirring halfway through baking time or until sugar looks bubbly.  Loosen pistachios and let cool for 10 minutes. 
  6. Store in airtight container until ready to use.
European Salad with Apples, Blue Cheese and Candied Pistachios

Nutritional Information

Based on 6 servings.

Per serving:

Calories

300

Total Fat

18g

Saturated Fat  

4g

Monounsaturated Fat

10g

Polyunsaturated Fat

3.5g

Cholesterol

10mg

Sodium

330mg

Carbohydrates

32g

Dietary Fiber      

6g

Protein

8g