Friday, June 18, 2010

Chopped Salad with Apples, Bacon, and Turkey

I love making salads as a main course during the hot summer months.  Nothing is easier or more welcome on my palate after a long day at the pool than fresh, crisp greens and a variety of flavors and dressings.  Now, truth be told, I am not a huge blue cheese fan, but in the name of expanding my culinary horizons, I bought a wedge with the plan of making this salad.  I am so glad that I did!  El Hub and Big Guy (my 7-year-old) each had 3 helpings!  This is one salad that will be showing up often this summer!

Chopped Salad with Apples, Bacon, and Turkey
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1 cup crumbled blue cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbl. cider vinegar
salt and pepper
8 slices bacon, chopped
2 romaine hearts, chopped
2 apples, cored and cut into 1/2-in. cubes
8 ounces thick-cut deli smoked turkey breast, cut into 1/2-in. pieces

Whisk 1/2 cup blue cheese, oil, vinegar, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper in large bowl until smooth and creamy (my mini food processor made quick work of this!).

Cook bacon until crisp (I use an electric griddle) and transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.

Add lettuc, apples, turkey, bacon, and remaining cheese to bowl with dressing and toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper, if desired.  Serve immediately.

1 comment:

  1. I love hearty salads for dinner also! And blue cheese is a serious favorite of mine. So glad you tried it and liked it!


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