Autumn Apple, Pear, and Cheddar Salad with Pecans

Serves: 6

This is a great salad that goes with any meal, or is wonderful on its own. Add some chopped, cooked chicken for a main dish meal.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 2/3 cups salad, 2 teaspoons cheese, and 1 1/2 teaspoons nuts)
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1 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
10 cups gourmet salad greens (about 10 ounces)
1 cup seedless red grape, halved
1 medium mcintosh apple, cored and cut into 18 wedges
1 medium bartlett pear, cored and cut into 18 wedges
1/4 cup (1 ounce) finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted


Place apple juice in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to about 3 tablespoons (about 10 minutes). Combine reduced apple juice, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk.

Combine greens, grapes, apple, and pear in a large bowl. Drizzle with apple juice mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and nuts.


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