Saturday, October 11, 2008

'SING NOW THE LUSTY SONG OF FRUITS AND FLOWERS' ~ AUTUMN GRAPE, APPLE, PEAR & WHITE CHEDDAR SALAD with TOASTED PECANS

"O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou mayest rest
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers."
~ William Blake
~ Autumn grape leaf
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AUTUMN GRAPE, APPLE, PEAR & WHITE CHEDDAR SALAD with TOASTED PECANS
~ Classic autumn favorite adapted from Cooking Light (October 2005)
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1 cup apple juice
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
10 cup gourmet salad greens ( about 10 oz.)
1 cup halved seedless grapes
1 cored favorite Michigan apple (cut in 18 wedges)
1 cored red Bartlett pear (cut in 18 wedges)
1/4 cup (1 oz.) finely shredded white cheddar
3 Tbsp. chopped toasted pecans
  • Place apple juice in small saucepan and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to about 3 Tbsp. (about 10 minutes). Combine reduced apple juice, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk.
  • Combine greens, grapes, apple, and pear in large bowl. Drizzle with apple juice mixture and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and toasted nuts. (6 servings)

~ Fruit of the vine

9 comments:

marmee said...

gorgeous leaf and grapes!
you are having way too much fun.
good for you!
enjoy your weekend.

Roses and stuff said...

What a great collage to go with that recipe! Sounds delicious!
/Katarina

perennialgardener said...

Lovely collage of grapes & that salad sounds delicious Joey. :) I love nuts & fruits in my salad.

nancybond said...

What a beautiful leaf! Those colors are stunning. The salad sounds dee-lish as always. :)

artistsgarden said...

Stunning leaf colour - and that salad sounds right up my street.
Yummmey
K

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Oh no Joey...not again. I have done it again. Reading your post at the wrong time. It's nine o'clock in the evening when I read your new post and I get SO hungry, that salad sounds delicious!/ LOL Tyra

joey said...

Thanks dear Marmee ... life through your eyes looks wonderful also. Happy weekend!

The salad tastes of autumn, dear Katarina. Thanks ;)

I'm a HUGE fan of salads, P.G., especially with fruits & toasted nuts.

Thanks Nancy ... you and I could loose sleep capturing the beauty of autumn ;)

Yes Karen, the salad is yummy ... love not only photographing but tasting fall.

Tyra, you are too funny! You know how I love to tempt you before bedtime ;)

Ann said...

Hi Joey,
I'm having my sisters up to the cabin this weekend for a little leaf peeping and eatin'.

I'd like to made this lovely salad and wondered what you would suggest to serve with it for lunch. I thought I'd serve a little Gluhwein as well.

I'm loving your wine country tour and look forward to catching up with you each day.

Thanks so much,
Ann

joey said...

Hi Ann ... I headin' North to be with my 2 sisters and leaf peepin' also! (If I ever get to bed). Many say it's one of the loveliest autumns ever! This salad is good with grilled chicken or simply serve with warm herb bread, muffins or scones. Or did you mean wine ... a nice Sauvignon Blanc would be nice. Do have a wonderful time ... and don't forget your camera :)