Blue Cheese, Walnut, and Apple Slaw

May substitute a pear for the apple

Serves 6 to 8 as a side dish

1/3 cup walnut pieces
1 medium apple
1/2 cup bottled ranch salad dressing
1/4 cup pre-crumbled blue cheese
1 (16-oz) bag coleslaw mix
Black pepper

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Place the walnut pieces on a rimmed baking sheet; bake them until they begin to darken, about five to seven (5 to 7) minutes.

Meanwhile, coarsely grate the apple (or pear) using the side of a box grater with the largest holes; you should have about 1 cup.

Place the ranch dressing and blue cheese in a large serving bowl. Stir to combine and mash the blue cheese a bit to incorporate it into the dressing.  

Add the coleslaw mix and grated apple (or pear); stir to coat it well with the dressing. 

Season the slaw with black pepper to taste.

Just before serving, sprinkle the toasted walnuts on top of the slaw.

Anne Byrn. Dinner Doctor 2003 Workman Publishing Company, Inc.

The Dinner Doctor: Quick Cooking When Time Is Short. (Workman Publishing Company, Inc. 2003) 127-128.