Apple and Goat's Cheese Salad Recipe

Tina Bester, the Capetonian queen of tarts and cookery book author, created this delicious recipe for HL. Ingredients:

  • 4 Granny Smith apples
  • 1T butter
  • 1T brown sugar
  • Black pepper
  • Small ciabatta loaf, torn into small pieces
  • Olive oil
  • Handful each of rocket and watercress
  • 125g chevin goat's cheese
For the apple-cider vinaigrette:
  • 125ml apple-cider vinegar
  • 250ml sunflower oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1t honey
  • 1/2t mustard
  • Salt and pepper
Directions: Cut each apple in half. In a large frying pan, melt the butter and add brown sugar and a grind of black pepper. Place apples cutside down in the pan and caramelise until just tender. Place the pieces of ciabatta on a lined baking tray and drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake at 180ºC for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden and crispy. Assemble the salad with tossed rocket and watercress, place two apple halves on each salad and dot with chunks of the goat's cheese and ciabatta pieces. Combine all the ingredients for the vinaigrette, mix well and drizzle over the salad. Serves 4 This recipe was originally featured in the March 2010 issue of House and Leisure.