Arugula Salad with Manchego, Apples and Carmelized Walnuts
There are very few recipes I have tried where I have not wanted to change at least ONE thing. This is such a recipe. The combination of the peppery arugula, tart apples, sweet walnuts and sharp Manchego cheese is beyond description. All I can say is that I love it! I just wish I could claim it as my own -- which it is not. This recipe came from a restaurant in Anaheim, California called Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar. You can find Manchego in most grocery stores, but if it’s not there, you should make an extra trip to a cheese shop -- it’s worth it.
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup walnut oil
- 3 tbs Champagne vinegar
- 8 cups arugula (cleaned and dried)
- 2 Red Delicious or Fuji apples (unpeeled, cored and thinly sliced)
- 6 ounces Spanish Manchego cheese (grated in large shavings)
- 1 1/2 cups pitted dates (sliced)
- 1 cup carmelized walnuts
- 4 large shallots (minced)
- Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt (to taste)
Manchego is a sheep's milk cheese that comes from La Mancha, Spain. It's taste depends on its maturity -- ranging from subtle to full-bodied. It has a very distinctive taste, and goes well with Rioja wine.
Source: Christine Cummins
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