Apple, Hazelnut and Cheddar Salad

By • January 8, 2011 • 11 Comments



Author Notes: You don’t have to ask me twice if I’d like a piece of good, aged cheddar. I’ll nibble on it any day, at any time, in any place. I was eating the crumbs of a hunk of Montgomery’s Cheddar (my husband brought it back for me as a gift for letting him go to London solo), with some apples and roasted, buttered hazelnuts when I first read about the Food52 apple salad challenge. Add a complementary vinaigrette and some soft, Bibb lettuce, and presto-chango, it’s a salad. - cheese1227cheese1227

Food52 Review: Simple to make and delicious, this apple, hazelnut and cheddar cheese salad is a lovely combination of textures and flavors. Sweet honey mustard dressing and tender Bibb lettuce create a nice base for the tart granny smith apples and sharp cheddar. The dried figs were a pleasant chewy surprise. A little extra sprinkle of sea salt heightened all the flavors.jvcooks

Makes a decent sized bowl

  • ½ cup raw hazelnuts, skins removed
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • good sea salt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey (I used Savannah Bee Co.’s Cheese Honey)
  • 3 Tablespoons hazelnut oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 granny smith apple, sliced as thin as possible
  • 3 cups of Boston bibb lettuce, washed, dried and torn into pieces
  • 2 dried calymyrna figs, roughly chopped
  • 2 ounces of a really good, aged cheddar (I used Montegomery’s Cheddar), one that crumbles well.
  1. Preheat oven at 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Melt butter and combine it with the hazelnuts and a couple pinches of sea salt.
  3. Toast in the oven until they are nicely browned. This happens quickly. Cool completely. Put them in a plastic bag and give them a whack with a meat mallet so they are broken apart a bit.
  4. In the bottom of a large bowl, combine vinegar, dry mustard, and honey. Whisk in the oil. Add pepper to taste.
  5. Add the apples and lettuce to the vinaigrette and toss to coat completely.
  6. Sprinkle in the hazelnuts and figs and crumble the cheddar on top and serve.
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over 3 years ago wanderash

Ohhhh this caught my eye when you first posted it. congrats on the EP!

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over 3 years ago cheese1227

Thanks, wanderash! Good luck in the final round!

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over 3 years ago Midge

This sounds so delicious.

Christine-28_small(1)

over 3 years ago cheese1227

Thanks, Midge! I hope you get a chance to try it. Seems that hazelnuts are in short supply for some reason, at least where I am looking to get them.

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over 3 years ago Stockout

You might think that, but besides feeling wet, those lil buggers are still as hard as ever. I usually just roast them about 8 minutes and they are crunchy and good to go. I was like you the first time but I tried it with a small handful and it worked. Just don't worry that the water is black and murky, that is just the skins. What doesn't pop off when you rinse them will fall off when you pick them up. But be careful, I have been known to squirt them across the counter, the skins get so loose.....;-)

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over 3 years ago cheese1227

Funny image!

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over 3 years ago Stockout

WOW... cheddar and buttered hazelnuts.You had me there.

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over 3 years ago cheese1227

Thanks VanessaS. Other than getting those fiddly little skins off the hazelnuts, it's a really easy recipe.

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over 3 years ago Stockout

You probably already know this but if you boil your hazelnuts in water with a teaspoon of baking soda in it, for 10 minutes, they slip off like silk.

Christine-28_small(1)

over 3 years ago cheese1227

Did not know that, stockout! Thank you for the tip?? Does the boiling make any changes to them? Maybe require roasting them a bit longer?

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over 3 years ago VanessaS

This looks delicious!