Easy to make ahead, especially for guests who always love this salad. Granny Smith apple marinated in balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing, bleu cheese, pecans, and bacon all tossed over romaine.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the julienned apple into a bowl with the balsamic vinaigrette. Refrigerate for at least one hour to marinate.

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  • Cook bacon in the microwave or in a skillet over medium-high heat until browned. Drain, and crumble.

  • In a salad bowl, combine the blue cheese, pecans, bacon and romaine lettuce, and toss to blend. When ready to serve, pour the apples and dressing over the top.

Nutrition Facts

334.3 calories; 9.3 g protein; 10.9 g carbohydrates; 33.7 mg cholesterol; 1011.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2008
The flavors in this salad are 10-star. A little heavy on the dressing and blue cheese - I used a lighter hand. Also used walnuts because I didn't have pecans. Excellent salad - my guys all raved. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/08/2010
The bacon was the saving grace but I will not make this again. The balsamic vinaigrette was over powering taking away from the flavors. I threw a lot of this away. In addition it is ugly. Read More
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62 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2008
The flavors in this salad are 10-star. A little heavy on the dressing and blue cheese - I used a lighter hand. Also used walnuts because I didn't have pecans. Excellent salad - my guys all raved. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2008
The flavors in this salad are 10-star. A little heavy on the dressing and blue cheese - I used a lighter hand. Also used walnuts because I didn't have pecans. Excellent salad - my guys all raved. Thanks! Read More
(26)
Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2007
Simple to make. Used real bacon bits instead of frying the bacon. Toast the pecans for added flavor. Used Trader Joe's balsamic vinegarette. Will make this for company again in a few days. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2004
This was a wonderfull treat. My husband who hardly eats salads couldn't put his fork down. Try it you will love it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2009
So good. In the interest of time used bottle dressing and did not marinate the apples just peeled chopped put in the bowl with other ingredients. Used baby spinach instead of lettuce because I had on hand. Didn't measure the salad dressing just added and tossed as normal. The bowl was wiped clean! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2004
This is a great recipe! Good pick for when you want something just a little different but not too far out! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2005
Served this to guests and everyone asked for the recipe. They couldn't believe it was so simple to make. Presents beautifully as well. Yummy it's a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2010
this is (basically) a salad I've made for years everyone loves it! haven't used bacon but why not! I use toasted pecans because I like them. 4 servings. 1/4 C walnut pieces toasted 1 medium head Romaine torn 1/2 bunch watercress 1 large Granny Smith apple cored & sliced thinly & brushed lightly with lemon juice to prevent discolouration 4 ozs. Stilton crumbled. Dressing: whisk 6 TBLspns. olive oil 3 TBLspns. raspberry or Balsamic vinegar salt & pepper to taste in small bowl. when ready to serve toss greens with dressing arrange on plate. arrange apple slices around the edges (pointy ends to centre) sprinkle with cheese top centre with nuts. This presentation is most attractive. (I feel the photo is a bit of a mish mash!) serve immediately. D. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2008
Really good. Nice combination of flavors and textures. Next time use less dressing (1 cup was too much; made everything soggy; pool on the bottom of the bowl). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2005
We thought this was great at our house. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/08/2010
The bacon was the saving grace but I will not make this again. The balsamic vinaigrette was over powering taking away from the flavors. I threw a lot of this away. In addition it is ugly. Read More
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