Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Apple Fennel Salad With Fiery Golden Graham Nut Clusters

The sweet and fiery Golden Graham Nut Clusters compliment this tangy, crunchy apple fennel salad. You could also add some cooked chicken breast or turkey breast for a main dish salad.

Apple Fennel Salad With Fiery Golden Graham Nut Clusters
by Diana
Serves 2-4

For the clusters:
1 1/4 cups General Mills Golden Grahams cereal
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds, lightly toasted
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
1/3 cup honey
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon tangerine or orange juice
1 teaspoon Aleppo chile powder
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and spread out the Golden Grahams and toasted nuts on it.

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine the remaining ingredients and bring to just a simmer and remove from heat. Let the honey mixture cool slightly and then pour over the sheet pan of Golden Grahams and nuts. Toss to combine and spread mixture out on parchment-lined pan. Place in 300°F oven for 6 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and stir, breaking up any larger clumps, spreading out evenly, and return to the oven for another 6 minutes. Remove from oven, stir and let cool for 2 or 3 hours. Make sure you save some for the salad!

For the salad:
1 Tablespoon tangerine or orange juice
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 pinch of salt
3 Tablespoons sour cream
1 Tablespoon light mayonnaise
2 medium apples, cubed into 1/2-inch pieces with peel on (I used Gala)
1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced, fronds reserved for garnish
2 small stalks of celery, sliced
2 scallions, white and pale green parts only, sliced
1 or 2 handfuls of the Fiery Golden Graham Nut Clusters plus a few more for garnish

In a medium bowl, dissolve honey and salt in the juice and vinegar. Add the sour cream and mayonnaise and stir to combine. Add the remaining ingredients in with the sour cream mixture and toss lightly to combine. Serve in individual bowls or a small serving dish and garnish the top(s) with reserved fennel frond pieces and a few more Fiery Golden Graham Nut Clusters.

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