Seyval Blanc Poached Apple Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Huber’s estate-grown Seyval Blanc is fresh and tart, the green apple notes jumping from the glass followed by a hint of lime and a touch of minerality. This salad embraces the apple flavor by poaching cubes of Granny Smith apple in the wine, Kenny’s blue cheese, a bed of local greens and a drizzle of champagne vinaigrette are the ideal accompaniments for this flavorful, well-matched starter.

By | March 16, 2017

Instructions

Place a small pot on the stove and add the wine, cinnamon, lime peel and sugar. Stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the apples and remove from the heat. Allow to the apples to poach until they are slightly softened and have begun to absorb the wine, 5–10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

For the vinaigrette, add the Dijon mustard, champagne vinegar, minced garlic, salt and pepper to a bowl. Whisk until well combined. Continue whisking while slowly adding the olive oil, a few drops at a time. Whisk constantly, ensuring that the dressing emulsifies, until all of the olive oil has been incorporated. Taste and adjust seasoning to your preference.

Divide the lettuce among 4 plates. Top with poached apples, walnuts, blue cheese and champagne vinaigrette and serve with Knobstone Seyval Blanc from Huber’s Winery.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Huber’s Winery Knobstone Seyval Blanc wine
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 strips lime peel
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, skin left on, cut into 1-inch dice
  • 4 cups fresh local salad greens
  • 2 ounces Kenny’s blue cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1½ tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup good olive oil
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