Shades of Green Chopped Salad

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Author Notes: I love combining sweet and savory in salads and that is where the idea for this dish came from. Dried fruits and nuts are a must in most of my salads, I love the texture and crunch they have and the wonderful contrast they give to the freshness of fruits and vegetables. - fortheloveofyumfortheloveofyum

Food52 Review: Fast-forward to summer. Admittedly, we're tiptoeing a bit out of season here in the Northeast for this salad, but trust us, it's worth it. Fortheloveofyum has assembled a cool palette of greens -- crisp cucumber, tart Granny Smith, crunchy pistachio, sweet golden raisin, and a sparkly creme fraiche and chive dressing to hold it all together -- all while cleverly sidestepping the distraction of the classic salad green: lettuce. Bites of salty bleu sharpen the focus. We say: let the sun shine. - A&MThe Editors

Serves 2-3

for the chive dressing

  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon creme fraiche
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. In a blender, add in the garlic, Champagne vinegar, creme fraiche, honey, chives, salt, and pepper. Blend until combined.
  2. With the blender still on, through the top, stream in the olive oil. Blend until combined. Taste for salt and pepper. Set aside.

for the salad

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 1 Hass avocado, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 english cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup green raisins
  • 1/4-1/2 cups (depending on how much cheese you like in your salad) crumbled gorgonzola cheese, at room temperature
  • chive dressing (recipe above)
  • salt and black pepper, if necessary
  • chopped chives, for garnish, optional
  1. Toss the apple and avocado in the lemon juice so they don't oxidize. Then, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and toss with the chive dressing. You may not have to use all of the dressing, it depends on how you like your salad. I don't like mine too wet. If necessary, add extra salt and pepper. Garnish with some chopped chives. This salad can be made up to 3-4 hours in advance. If you are making the salad in advance add in the room temperature gorgonzola when you serve the salad.

Tags: apple, doubled easily, Salads, Salads, travels well

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10 months ago Gourmel

Whipped this up this morning for lunch. I just ate it and felt compelled to write about how amazingly delicious this was. I subbed the champagne vinegar for apple cider vinegar, creme fraiche for greek yogurt and raisins for dried cranberries. Definitely a repeat!


almost 2 years ago Karen

Made this tonight. It's chilling a bit before dinner. I can't wait to pull it out and wow my family!


about 2 years ago kitty.galore.77

This was just stunning. I didn't even use the dressing, the avocado seemed to coat everything nicely, just topped lightly with the chives and was beyond pleased both aesthetically and on the palate. Thank you for this!


over 2 years ago Ninaw2000

This is the best and easy salad recipe for the big or small crowd. I tried this recipe came out delicious.


over 2 years ago Susige

I don't know what I was missing until today when I found this recipe. I made it for a quick lunch as I had all the ingredients in my fridge/pantry except for the raisins - instead I subbed Craisins. This will be on the menu for my next dinner party!


almost 3 years ago fydnic

Is there a ready made dressing I could use? I don't think I can find all of the ingredients where I live. Thanks!


almost 3 years ago ihaventpoisonedyouyet

There is no way this could have been better! It was so easy to make, I had all the ingredients on hand (how often does that happen?) and it looks beautiful. Can't wait to make this again. Great for the summer.


almost 3 years ago Kimerooch11

Fantastic salad, although my 4 year old did not approve... :). Tthat just means it was really good, however. Will keep this one handy for future reference.


about 3 years ago Wonderland Kitchen

This is fantastic. I served it on a bed of arugula--a hit! Will be saving this one.


about 3 years ago betty888

I made this for a tapas party this weekend. I served a lot of rich foods (cheese! garlic! olive oil galore!) and wanted something fresh and green to cut the richness. This fit the bill. Strange how all of this just works so well together! Very delicious and creative. Super easy to make too.


over 3 years ago Synky

Great salad! Made it tonight and will definitely be making it again very soon. Very smooth taste - mild but flavorful. Four year old approved. Lovely!


over 3 years ago Carmen Carney

1 teaspoon sour cream
1/2tea whipping cream plus 1/2 teaspoon buttermilk or yogurt
1/2 teas whipping cream plus 1/2 tea sour cream
1 tea mascarpone cheese


over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Really love this recipe. Am making it again tonight, with walnuts instead of pistachios because that's what I happen to have on hand. It's a lovely choice for fall! (I use Honeycrisps, by the way, when I can get them.) ;o)


over 3 years ago fortheloveofyum

I love honeycrisps! Picked a bunch at an orchard over the weekend! So glad this recipe has worked out for you. :)


about 4 years ago momcooks

Wonderful! I've made this so many times... a salad is truly perfect (according to my husband) if it contains no lettuce!
Today the chive dressing was the accompaniment to blanched asparagus at an Easter buffet. Truly perfect.


about 4 years ago fortheloveofyum

Thanks so much! I'm so glad your family enjoys this salad. I love your idea of using the dressing with asparagus! :)


over 4 years ago CozyDelicious

I made this dressing last night and it is awesome! Perfect on a simple green salad as well this pretty chopped salad. Yum!


over 4 years ago fortheloveofyum

aww thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)


over 4 years ago Spork

This salad is amazing! I had to substitute for the chives since mine had gone moldy/squishy, used some green onion tops instead, but it was still sooo good! Husband even had seconds =). Next time I will definitely check the state of my chives before making and will use a firmer avocado since it pretty much dissolved into the dressing when I mixed everything together.


over 4 years ago fortheloveofyum

I am so glad you and your husband liked the salad! Hope you continue you to make it. :)


over 4 years ago fortheloveofyum

sorry for my typo *hope you continue to ...


over 4 years ago hajira_baig

so proud of u nadia.... u have all our votes... aamir hajira and all the little army of 3........... wish u best of luck... u know i love ur food and this one looks sooooooooo heavenly. Aamir is a fan of ur salads and wants me to make it but u know me my salads are like urs ever..... U ROCK hehehe (sheen said that)


over 4 years ago fortheloveofyum

awww thanks, Hajira!


over 4 years ago Ninaw2000

Looks delicious!!!


over 4 years ago fortheloveofyum

thank you!


over 4 years ago LawyerLovesLunch

This salad looks delicious! You know you have my vote, Nadia! :)


over 4 years ago fortheloveofyum

Thank you so much, Azmina!


over 4 years ago Waverly

Looks and sounds delicious. Congratulations on being a finalist.


over 4 years ago fortheloveofyum

thank you for your kind words, waverly!