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Spinach-Blue Cheese Salad With Sliced Apples, Spicy Pecans

What makes this salad exciting is the combination of flavors. The pungent blue cheese. The freshness of the apple. The sweetness of the pecans. And the bitterness of the radicchio. Make the salad with baby spinach if it's available. The apple should be tart and crisp. A firm pear can be substituted for the apple.

Courses: Salads
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

1   Apple - chilled
  Juice of 1 small lemon
8 oz 227gSpinach - washed, thoroughly
  Dried/ and stemmed
1   Radicchio head - (abt 3 oz) - cut into chiffonade (small)
1/2 cup 73g / 2.6ozBlue cheese - crumbled
  Kosher salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground white pepper - to taste
1/2 cup 118mlSpago House Salad Dressing - (see recipe)
1 cup 237mlSpicy Caramelized Pecans - (see recipe)

Recipe Instructions

Cut the apple into quarters, remove the stem and the seeds, and cut into very thin slices. Sprinkle lemon juice over the slices and set aside.

When ready to serve, in a salad bowl, combine the apple, spinach, radicchio and blue cheese. Season lightly with salt and pepper and toss with the dressing. Adjust seasoning to taste.

To serve, divide the salad among 4 plates and sprinkle the pecans around each salad.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

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