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Dayton's Marketplace Apple Salad
with Maytag Blue Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Marketplace Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, chopped
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into eighths
  • 1 head curly endive, washed, torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • 4 ounces Maytag blue cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Place orange juice in small nonreactive pan over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 35-40 minutes. Can be made 2-3 days in advance, and refrigerated.
  2. Place orange reduction, Marketplace Balsamic Vinegar, onion, and jalapeno in a food processor fitted with metal blade, process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil until emulsified. Add the honey, salt and pepper, process 2 seconds.
  3. Heat 3/4 cup of the orange vinaigrette in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add the apples, and saute until golden brown, turning until just cooked through, 2-3 minutes. Remove to plate and cool to room temperature. Can be made a day in advance, covered in refrigerator, bring to room temperature before serving.
  4. Place endive in mixing bowl, toss with 4 tablespoons of the remaining orange vinaigrette, season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Pour remaining vinaigrette into squeeze bottle, if desired.
  5. Divide endive among 4 salad plates. Arrange 4 apple slices on each plate, garnish with pecans and Maytag blue cheese.
  6. Drizzle with remaining orange vinaigrette.

Source: kare11.com - Chef Sue Erickson, Dayton's Marketplace

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