An Amazing Apple Walnut Salad for Winter

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Radicchio Apple Walnut Salad

Winter salads are a beautiful thing, and this one is no exception. Bitter radicchio and endive are pared with sweet tart apples and oranges, toasty walnuts, and pungent Gorgonzola. Topped with a mustard maple vinaigrette, this apple walnut salad is a showpiece, rather than a side dish.

Recipe card & instructions updated 3/3/22.

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I am a supertaster, which means that I am a person who tastes certain flavors and foods more strongly than other people and am particularly sensitive to bitter flavors in foods such as broccoli, kale, coffee, beer, and dark chocolate. About 25% of the population can be considered supertasters.

For years I found kale salads unpalatable, and dark beer deplorable. You may find this surprising, but I really don’t love chocolate. Supertasters cringe at the tiniest bit of bitter, where most folks the same food would only be mildly bitter. My mother is a supertaster, and so is my daughter. (Neither of them loved this salad, truthfully.) But I did.

Somewhere along the line, I taught myself to tolerate bitter greens, or in this case, reds. I felt that as a card holding foodie and professional recipe developer that I really ought to be able to get over this.

One way I mask the bitter is by creating an overall balance of flavors; bitter, salty, sweet, sour and umami. The bitter radicchio and endive in this salad is tempered with apple, orange and a sweet mustard maple vinaigrette. Toasted walnuts and blue cheese provide a needed dose of umami and the cheese also adds a rich, salty flavor.

Some version of this apple walnut salad appears on our table frequently in the fall and winter months. I think it’s a perfect side for any holiday meal…or any regular meal too. This salad easy to put together, gorgeous and the perfect balance of flavors.

Looking for more salad ideas? If you liked this apple walnut salad, here are some more great options:

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apple walnut salad

Winter Salad with Radicchio, Apple & Walnut

Alison Needham
Winter salads are a beautiful thing, and this one is no exception. Bitter radicchio and endive are pared with sweet tart apples and oranges, toasty walnuts, and pungent gorgonzola. Topped with a mustard maple vinaigrette, this salad is a showpiece, rather than a side dish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 202 kcal

Instructions
 

  • Core the lettuces and remove the leaves. Rinse and dry well. Tear any very large leaves into smaller pieces and arrange decoratively on a large platter.
  • Cut the apple into matchstick slices and toss with fresh lemon juice to prevent them from browning. Scatter on top of the radicchio and endive on the platter.
  • Cut away the rind and pith from the orange and cut into round slices, Cut each slice in half and scatter over the salad, along with the toasted walnuts and Gorgonzola. Sprinkle the salad lightly with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Place the shallot, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and oil in a jar. Seal with the lid and shake vigorously until fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Drizzle the dressing evenly over the salad and serve immediately.

Notes

I love La Tourangelle brand toasted walnut oil and I use it frequently in my salad dressings. Look for it in specialty grocers or online. If you can’t find it or can’t eat nuts, swap it for good quality virgin olive oil.

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 118mgPotassium: 392mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1735IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 1mg
Keyword winter salad
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