Spring Mix with Apple, Bacon, and Stilton


Serve this tasty salad in the autumn when new crop walnuts and apples are in their prime. The contrast of tastes and textures is what makes this salad successful: the salt of the bacon is mellowed by the sweet juiciness of the apple, and the mild pungency of the Stilton adds earthy creaminess.


2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon finely minced shallots
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons walnut oil
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces Earthbound Farm Organic Spring Mix
1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces
4 strips thick-cut bacon (diced and cooked until crispy)
2 ounces Stilton cheese (or other blue cheese) (crumbled)
1 small organic Gala and Fuji apple (thinly sliced)


Combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a glass jar and shake vigorously to combine.

Place the greens in a salad bowl and add half of the vinaigrette. Toss to coat the leaves, adding more dressing sparingly, as needed.

Divide the greens among 4 chilled salad plates and sprinkle each serving with some of the nuts, bacon, and cheese. Garnish with the apple slices and serve immediately.


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