We love every recipe we post on this site, but sometimes, one comes along that outshines the rest.
This salad is a copy of a salad we had while in Minnesota to visit my family. To celebrate the recent retirement of both of my parents (Congrats, Mom and Dad!) we ventured out to Cafe Lurcat, a lovely restaurant in Minneapolis. The food was excellent — and in particular, this salad stood out as a surprisingly delicious recipe.
It’s made simply of apples and manchego cheese cut into matchsticks, with a bit of olive oil and some sliced chives. Nothing pretentious — just pure ingredients combined in a simple way to make each shine. While manchego cheese is a bit more expensive than your normal cheese, it’s worth buying for the recipe. It has a unique flavor that can’t fully be substituted (and for me, it has sentimental value as it reminds me of my time studying abroad in Spain).
The way the apples and cheese are cut makes it hard to distinguish between the two – making it all the more fun to guess what will be part of each bite!
We picked up some Jonathon apples from Wild’s Apple Farms at the Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, and they were perfectly tart and crisp. I can’t say enough about the Jonathan apple – I’m a convert!
Thanks to Cafe Lurcat for the delicious inspiration. If you’re in the Minneapolis area, check them out and order this salad! You won’t be disappointed.
- 4 firm, tart apples (we used Jonathon; honey crisp or even Granny Smith could work as well)
- A bit of lemon juice
- 4 ounces Manchego cheese
- 8 chives (enough for 4 tablespoons chopped)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 pinches kosher salt
- Cut the apples into matchsticks. Toss with a bit of lemon juice. Cut the cheese into matchsticks. Thinly slice the chives.
- Toss all ingredients with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 pinches kosher salt. Serve immediately.