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Loretta Keller's salad is an unusual and appealing combination of brussels sprout leaves, smoked ham and toasted pine nuts, topped with a piece of local goat cheese (Keller uses Cypress Grove Chèvre's Bermuda Triangle) and a tangy apple vinaigrette. It was conceived by Jennifer Biesty, a former chef at Keller's restaurant.More Warm Salad Recipes

September 2008


Recipe Summary

45 mins
4 first-course servings


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 425°. In a small baking dish, toss the Granny Smith apple quarters with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt. Roast the apple quarters for about 15 minutes, until they are very tender and browned in spots.

  • Scrape the apple and its juices into a blender. Add the water, cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, shallot and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the blender. With the machine on, slowly pour in 1/2 cup of the canola oil and puree until the dressing is smooth. Season the dressing with salt and pepper and refrigerate.

  • In a very large skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, shaking the skillet, until the nuts are golden, about 4 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a plate to cool.

  • In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Add the ham and cook over moderately high heat until browned in spots, about 2 minutes. Add the brussels sprout leaves and Fuji apple and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the leaves wilt slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the pine nuts, parsley and 6 tablespoons of the apple dressing and cook until warmed through, about 1 minute. (Reserve the remaining dressing for another use.) Season with salt and pepper and transfer to plates.

  • Heat a medium nonstick skillet over high heat. Set the goat cheese in the skillet and cook undisturbed until the cheese begins to bubble and a golden crust forms, about 1 minute per side. Carefully set the caramelized cheese on top of the warm salads, sprinkle with the chives and serve.

Make Ahead

The dressing can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before using.

Suggested Pairing

Keller offers this dish with a hard-to-find Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, but a crisp white would also pair well. Fumé Blanc, a term coined by the late Robert Mondavi as a substitute for Sauvignon Blanc, hints at the smoky minerality that this variety sometimes shows—which makes it a good partner for the smoked ham in Keller's robust salad.