Apple Salad with Cabrales Cheese and Toasted Almonds


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Apple Salad with Cabrales Cheese and Toasted Almonds
Photo: © Javier Salas
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 cup blanched whole almonds

  • 7 medium garlic cloves

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 3 large Granny Smith apples

  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

  • 5 ounces Cabrales cheese (crumbled)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the almonds on a small baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Transfer to a plate and let cool, then coarsely chop.

  2. In a small saucepan, cook the garlic cloves in the olive oil over moderately high heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  3. Transfer the garlic and oil to a blender. Add the vinegar and shallot, season with salt and pepper and blend until smooth.

  4. Halve and core the apples, then cut them into 1/4-inch matchsticks. In a large bowl, toss the apples with the almonds, chives and dressing. Top with the Cabrales and serve.

Make Ahead

The dressing can be refrigerated overnight.

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