Apples, Goat Cheese, and Toasted Walnuts Salad

We have a salad almost every night with dinner – usually made with arugula. We love arugula and it is such a great local, fall green! For this easy salad, I topped our arugula with spoonfuls of goat cheese, thinly sliced Pink Lady Apples and toasted walnuts.

Apples, Goat Cheese, and Toasted Walnuts Salad

To make the toasted walnuts … 

Walnuts, butter, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, rosemary


1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 tablespoon of butter
1 sprig of rosemary – stripped
pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions … 

Combine all the ingredients in a small frying pan. Stir the walnuts to coat. Cook over low for about 10 minutes – stirring as needed. Don’t let the walnuts burn! Serve right on top of your salad and if you have any extra, put them in a small container and save them for later.

Almost ready … 
Finished … Toasted walnuts – delicious!

The Local North Carolina Lineup …

Arugula from Jones Family Farm
Goat cheese from the Looking Glass Creamery
Apples from Ben Lynch Orchards
Rosemary from my backyard
Butter from Homeland Creamery 

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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