Fresh, fall apples have begun to appear at the market, making this the perfect time to try this recipe from Lori Lyn Narlock’s “Small Plates, Perfect Wines” (Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC, $16.95). It’s simple and it uses another seasonal favorite, cranberries, though the recipe calls for the dried version.
Romaine, Apple and Cranberry Salad
2 sweet-tart apples, such as Pink Lady or Gravenstein, peeled, cored and cut into fine julienne
4 cups (4 ounces) thinly sliced romaine lettuce hearts, plus 6 whole larger heart leaves
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
Kosher salt, to taste
1/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
In a large bowl, combine the apple, slice romaine hearts and cranberries.
In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar and chives. Pour over the apple mixture and stir gently to coat. Season with salt to taste. Arrange the whole lettuce leaves on a large platter or divide among 6 salad plates. Arrange an equal amount of the apple mixture on top of each lettuce leaf and top each with an equal amount of the pecans.
Wine pairing: Chardonnay
Makes 6 servings.
From “Small Plates, Perfect Wines” by Lori Lyn Narlock