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Scrumptious Side: Mushroom, Apple, and Goat Cheese Salad

Like shoes in a closet, one can never have too many salad recipes in her repertoire. The latest addition to my collection is this recipe for a mushroom, apple, and goat cheese salad. Doesn't it sound crisp and delicious? Toasted walnuts add a nice crunch to the peppery arugula. The apple provides a flash of color, and the meaty mushrooms are coated with a honey-balsamic vinaigrette. Pair this salad with roast poultry, pork, or a bowl of soup. To get the recipe,

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Mushroom, Apple, and Goat Cheese Salad
From Southern Living magazine

1/2 cup walnut halves
1 tablespoon butter
1 pound assorted mushrooms, trimmed and coarsely chopped
Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette, divided, recipe below
1 (4-oz.) package arugula, thoroughly washed
1 large Cameo apple, thinly sliced
3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

  1. Place walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms, and saute 6 minutes or until tender. Stir in 2 Tbsp. Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette. Remove from heat, and let cool 15 minutes.
  4. Toss together arugula, apple, mushrooms, and desired amount of Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish, and sprinkle with toasted walnuts and goat cheese.

Serves 6-8.

Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette
From Southern Living magazine

1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons honey
Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together first 5 ingredients until blended. Whisk in salt and pepper to taste.

Makes about 1 cup.

Make ahead: make this vinaigrette up to two days ahead, and refrigerate in an airtight container. Allow it to come to room temperature, and whisk before serving.

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FashionKid FashionKid 8 years
i love this salad i made it at home about 3 times...
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 8 years
I don't like that combination. Mushrooms and apples toghether?
jofody13 jofody13 8 years
mmmmmmm
jofody13 jofody13 8 years
mmmmmmm
ElissaM ElissaM 8 years
Love goat cheese. This combo looks great!
xdotx xdotx 8 years
I like it but not the apples
xdotx xdotx 8 years
I like it but not the apples
kyleemiller kyleemiller 8 years
This salad looks incredible!
kyleemiller kyleemiller 8 years
This salad looks incredible!
AbSugar AbSugar 8 years
I love the combination of apples and walnuts.
syako syako 8 years
then make it without mushrooms...
chynablue chynablue 8 years
That looks beautiful! I bet its good
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I hate mushrooms...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I hate mushrooms...
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