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Frisee and Green-Apple Salad with Goat-Cheese Toasts

This bistro-inspired first course of bitter greens, tart apple, and toasted walnuts is enhanced with bubbling Bucheron cheese and toasted baguette. It's both impressive and perfectly suited to last-minute assembly.

  • servings: 2
Photography: Sang An

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Ingredients

For the Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the Salad

  • 1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 4 cups frisee (3 to 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup walnut halves (3 ounces), toasted
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces Bucheron or other soft goat cheese
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Make the dressing: Whisk together vinegar, shallot, mustard, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified.

  2. Step 2

    Make the salad: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet, and toast until golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, toss together frisee, walnuts, and apple in a large bowl. Add dressing, and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving platter.

  4. Step 4

    Preheat broiler. Place cheese, cut side up, on a second baking sheet, and drizzle with oil. Broil until top is browned and bubbling, 3 to 4 minutes. Place on platter. Serve with baguette toasts.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, February 2008

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Reviews (3)

  • HungryLawyer 7 Feb, 2012

    This is a great recipe, and I have no complaints! I didn't have frisee so I used a pre-packaged spring mix with great success. Also, I cut the recipe in half and it was way more than enough for me and my spouse as an appetizer, so I can't imagine making the entire recipe and being able to eat another course. We both agreed that this would make a simple, elegant and affordable lunch for two.

  • citygirl67 13 Feb, 2011

    I made this and love it. I will definitely be adding it to my regular menu. It's flavorful and really easy. The only downfall is that the frisee was expensive.

  • lfirebrand 12 Oct, 2010

    This is impressive and easy to make. The vinaigrette is flavorful without overwhelming the greens and apple. The nuts are delicious and it all goes perfectly with the goat cheese toasts. Perfect for a dinner party/special occasion.