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Apple Rose Strawberry Heart Salad

Apple Rose Strawberry Heart Salad 1

Apple Rose Strawberry Heart Salad

A special dinner starts with this pretty and delicious salad—an apple rose and strawberry hearts on Sweet & Crunchy lettuce drizzled with Mandarin Orange vinaigrette.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Salad
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 (5-ounce) packages Fresh Express® Sweet & Crunchy Lettuce Blend
  • 2 large red apples
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese, crumbled

Mandarin Orange Vinaigrette Ingredients (makes 1-1/4 cups):

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mandarin orange zest
  • 1/2 cup mandarin orange juice, from 6 to 8 mandarin oranges
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 375°F. Spray six regular-sized muffin cups with cooking spray.
  • Cut the apples in half through the core; remove core. Cut in half again; then cut into thin slices.
  • Mix water, lemon juice, and one tablespoon sugar in a small saucepan; add apple slices. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until apples are flexible, but not too soft. Drain and cool.
  • Mix remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with cinnamon.
  • Cut the puff pastry into six 1-1/2-inch-wide strips. Place apple slices, with the peel side at the top, along one long edge of the pastry, slightly overlapping one another. Sprinkle apples and pastry with cinnamon sugar. Fold the bottom edge of the pastry up to partially cover the apple slices. Starting at one long end, roll up the pastry. Place in prepared muffin cup with the apple side up. Repeat to make five more roses. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until pastry is lightly browned. Cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, cut the strawberries in half; then cut them into a heart shapes using a small heart shaped cutter.

To Assemble:

  • Divide the Fresh Express® Sweet & Crunchy Lettuce Blend evenly among six plates. Place an apple rose in the center; arrange strawberry hearts, pistachios, and Feta cheese on the lettuce. Drizzle with dressing.

Mandarin Orange Vinaigrette Instructions:

  • Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl.

Notes

Tip: Apple roses can be made a day in advance. Heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm before serving.
Made with
Sweet & Crunchy

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