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Cheddar, Apple and Walnut Salad

6
6
6
Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
24 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
9 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Cheese, fruit and nuts are a classic trio. Here they team up — along with bacon — for a superb main course salad.

Ingredients

olive oil cooking spray

1 spray(s)

uncooked turkey bacon

4 slice(s)

mixed grain bread

2 slice(s), cut into 1/2-inch cubes

chopped walnuts

cup(s), coarsely chopped

fresh spinach

9 oz, baby leaves

endive

2 head(s), large, Belgian, sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick (about 3 cups)

low fat cheddar or colby cheese

4 oz, cut into thin wedges

fresh apple(s)

1 large, McIntosh, cut into thin wedges

low-fat vinaigrette salad dressing

6 Tbsp, balsamic-variety

Instructions

  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook as package directs until crisp, about 4 minutes; remove bacon to a paper towel. Let bacon drain briefly then crumble into bite-size pieces; transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Add bread cubes to same skillet. Cook over medium heat, tossing often, until slightly golden and crisp, about 3 minutes; remove to a plate and set aside. Add walnuts to skillet; cook, tossing often until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Transfer walnuts to bowl with bacon.
  3. Add spinach, endive, cheese, apple and dressing to bowl; toss to mix and coat.
  4. Put about 4 cups of salad mixture on each of 4 plates. Sprinkle each serving with about 3 tablespoons of homemade croutons.

Notes

We opted for walnuts and McIntosh apples but feel free to use almonds and any type of apple you prefer. The turkey bacon lends a delicious smoky flavor to this meal but if you want to make this salad vegetarian, use meatless bacon instead (could affect SmartPoints value).

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