A delicious salad with salty stilton, crunchy walnuts and sweet, crisp apples. This Stilton, Apple & Walnut salad perfect accompaniment to any BBQ or as a light lunch.
We were invited to one of Rien’s colleagues, Gordon’s, house for a BBQ. The weather that week had been lovely, but in true British weather fashion there were showers all day.
It was quite amusing to see Rien out there amongst the other men BBQ-ing under and umbrella. Rien perfectly cooked the burgers so I was very impressed, he can now be trusted with the BBQ when we eventually get one in our new house.
Gordon’s wife, Cicely, made a range of delicious salads with one of them being this Stilton, Apple and Walnut salad. As I said I didn’t think I liked walnuts and stilton until I tried this salad.
It looked so appealing I had to give it a try and I was definitely pleased I did. Separately I’m not still not sure how much I would like the flavours, but when you combine them they really compliment each other.
The dressing is also unusual but really adds to the flavours and helps make the salad so delicious.
The day after the BBQ I tried googling for the recipe but couldn’t find anything that included the ingredients Cicely mentioned. I gave in and asked Rien to see if he could get the recipe for me.
After days of almost constant nagging, he finally asked for the recipe. I’m not sure whether Cicely found the recipe somewhere or whether she has made it up and adapted it, but it is great.
Her recommendation is to eat it with a pork burger in a lovely fluffy roll as the apple works brilliantly with the pork.
I know this salad won’t be for everyone, but I do recommend giving it a go because it just might surprise you! The salad is best eaten on the day as the acid wilts the leaves slightly.
Stilton, Apple & Walnut Salad
- bag of salad leaves
- 3 apples
- ½ lemon juiced
- 150 g chopped walnuts
- 150 g stilton
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- pinch salt and pepper
Core 3 apples and chop into bite size chunks. Put in a bowl and add the juice of half a lemon, stir to coat
In a large bowl, add the bag of lettuce. Add 150g chopped walnuts and crumble 150g stilton into the bowl
In a separate small bowl, mix together 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 tsp honey and 2 tsp balsamic vinegar. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper
Add the apples and dressing just before serving and mix