While any apple variety may be substituted, the Honeycrisp apple's sweetness, firmness, and tartness make it an ideal apple for eating raw.

Apples and cheese have been best friends for a very long time. This salad takes advantage of the pairing by combining the two amigos in a way in which it is difficult to tell the difference between the color and texture until both are delightfully in your mouth. Honeycrisp apples are juicy and sweet and perfect for biting into raw. If you can wait, this salad might just win you power and influence among your food loving friends. It is particularly gorgeous nestled like a birds nest on a Boston lettuce leaf.

cuisine American
difficulty Simple
season Fall
serves 4

Ingredients

2 Honeycrisp apples Manchego cheese Extra virgin olive oil Chives Freshly ground black pepper Sea salt flakes, for finishing

Directions

  1. Slice apples with a handheld mandolin set to 1/4" thick. When near the center, turn the apple over and slice the other side to the center. Toss out core. Stack and cut apple slices into matchsticks.
  2. Slice the rind off of the Manchego cheese wedge. Slice cheese on mandolin (it will come out in triangles). Cut triangles into matchsticks.
  3. Combine the apple and cheese matchsticks by gently lifting and tossing together.
  4. Add a bit of extra virgin olive oil to lightly dress the fruit and cheese.
  5. With a pair of kitchen sheers, snip chives onto salad and generously season with freshly ground-cracked black pepper and sea salt flakes to taste.
  6. Toss gently with fingers one more time. Serve within 2 to 3 hours.