The recipes posted so far sound great!!
I'll add a personal favorite, I usually use pears, but I'll sub apples fer ya!:
Salad of Spinach, Bleu Cheese and Apples with Warm Bacon Vinnaigrette
For the dressing:
1/2lb bacon, finely chopped
1/2 of a medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbls. Dijon Mustard
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tbls applesauce
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
In a large saute pan, over medium heat, cook the bacon til it renders most of its fat. Drain off the fat, returning two tablespoons of it to the pan with the bacon. Add the onion and saute til translucent, add the garlic and continue cooking for a minute or so. Add the mustard, vinegar and applesauce, then crank up the heat. Allow the liquid to reduce by about a quarter. (High heat, maybe 3-4 minutes). Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly, before whisking in the oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Dress the salad JUST BEFORE SERVING, as warm dressings will wilt the greens very quickly.
1 lb baby spinach, washed and dried
2-3 apples, peeled, cored and medium diced
1 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
1/2-3/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese
You can toast the walnuts by putting them in a large skillet, over medium heat, stirring or tossing constantly til they begin to brown lightly. Remove them from the heat and cool completely. Peel,core and dice the apples. Keep them in a bowl of water, with a squeeze of lemon til you are ready to assemble the salad.
In a large salad bowl, toss the spinach, walnuts and apples. Add the bleu cheese and about half of the dressing,..toss well. Taste for salt and pepper, add more if it needs.
Drizzle more of the dressing over the top of the salad and serve imediately.
Bacon makes everything good! :wink: