Gorgonzola Cheese and Apple Salad is a crowd pleasing salad that will keep your dinner guests asking for more. This salad is a delicious vegetarian option for your next Sunday Supper.
Gorgonzola Cheese and Apple Salad
This post is sponsored by Boar’s Head and Beyond Celiac.
I honestly think that salads are the most versatile dish. Salads can be anything! Salad can be show stopping main dish that commands attention at any family dinner. Or salads might just take the back seat and be a delicious side dish addition to dinner.
Regardless of the type of course that salad shows up as, you can always count on salads to bring freshness, color and taste to your dinner table.
This particular salad is an adaptation from a recipe that I found on the Boar’s Head website. You can find the original recipe here.
The original recipe called for goat cheese, which I do love but I love pairing apples with gorgonzola. I also removed the almonds from the original recipe, since a family member has an almond allergy.
The cheese in this recipe plays a pretty important role. The cheese provides the predominant flavor in this recipe.
Not only does it provide a delicious flavor but it also provides a creamy texture. This salad is full of delicious textures!
We chose Boar’s Head cheese for this recipe because not only is the cheese tasty but it is gluten-free. Since 1905 ,the Boar’s Head brand, has been a family business providing top quality products.
Boar’s Head brand is relentless about quality. If a product does not live up to their high standards, it does not carry their name. Their products are made from the finest ingredients.
What you need:
- White wine vinegar
- Fresh Basil
- Baby Spinach
- Gorgonzola cheese
- Olive oil
Homemade dressing is key!
For this recipe, the dressing is actually mixed onto the apples and fresh basil. The apples do a wonderful job of soaking up the vinegar and honey!
Can I use nuts?
Yes, you most certainly can! The original recipe called for the use of almonds. I would suggestion almonds or walnuts in this recipe. I would use about ¼ of a cup of your preferred nut! Or you are welcome to use seeds like I did. Sunflower or pumpkin seeds are a great fit for this gorgonzola salad.
Can I use a different cheese?
Yes, you can have fun with the cheese options on this apple salad. If you aren’t much of a gorgonzola fan, you can also choose goat cheese! If you love feta, I think it would make a great tangy choice!
Do I really need to use fresh basil?
You can omit the basil but I would suggest that you include it. The fresh basil really elevates the dish. If you don’t include it, you will be missing out on some great flavor.
Can I use other types of apples?
You can use any variety of apple that you like. I used a Fuji apples because the original recipe called for it and my family loves those types of apples. If you have a favorite apple variety, feel free to use that type!
Can I make this salad ahead of time?
Yes, you can. I think this salad is best eaten the day of, but I did save some for the following day for lunch! It was not soggy and still perfect!
A huge thank you to my partnership with Beyond Celiac and the sponsor of this post Boar’s Head! I would highly suggest checking out the full line of Boar’s Head products: meats, cheeses, condiments and more! Their website is packed with amazing recipes too!
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Gorgonzola Cheese and Apple Salad
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar and the honey. Toss in the apples and fresh basil. Stir to combine and coat. Set aside.
- Using a large platter, spread the greens evenly on the serving platter.
- Top with scallions, cheese and pumpkin seeds.
- Next, top the greens with the apple mixture including any left over liquid.
- Gently drizzle oil onto the salad! ENJOY!
Question: Are you a salad lover? Do you mix fruit into your salads? What is your favorite type of cheese to top your salads with? Drop me a comment below, I’d love to learn more!