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Autumn Apple, Pear, and Cheddar Salad with Pecans

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 1 2/3 cups salad, 2 teaspoons cheese, and 1 1/2 teaspoons nuts)
Serve this classic flavor combination with roast chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 cup gourmet salad greens (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, 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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 134
  • caloriesfromfat 36 %
  • fat 5.4 g
  • satfat 1.2 g
  • monofat 2.6 g
  • polyfat 1.1 g
  • protein 3.4 g
  • carbohydrate 21.1 g
  • fiber 4.1 g
  • cholesterol 5 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 255 mg
  • calcium 93 mg

How to Make It

  1. 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.

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