Apple, Manchego and Chive Salad

This past weekend we had beautiful fall weather, which was perfect for seasonal activities like apple picking. On Sunday we headed to Eckert’s for what was not only my son’s first apple picking experience, but mine as well. Between riding the tractor to the apple trees, and being able to eat an apple by himself, the whole day was very exciting for him.

As we walked back to our car with our apple loot in hand, I was already brainstorming what I was going to do with these beauties. Of course, a few apples were going to be eaten with a giant spoonful of peanut butter; but I had my sights set on something more. I then remembered this amazing salad that I had when visiting my friend in Minneapolis a few summers ago. The Apple, Manchego and Chive Salad is just a few fresh ingredients, cut into matchsticks, and tossed in lemon juice and olive oil. Although the components individually are fairly basic, they come together to create a beautiful and memorable salad. Once the idea of this salad came into my mind, I knew I had to recreate it.

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Apple, Manchego and Chive Salad

Yield: 4-6

Recipe inspired by Cafe Lurcat

What You Need

  • 2 large apples, (1 Granny Smith and one Honey Crisp)
  • 1/2 pound manchego cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper and Kosher salt, to taste

What To Do

  1. Slice apples in matchsticks; I cut the apple into 4 chunks and then thinly slice each quarter. Stack 4 of slices and then cut long thin slices to form matchsticks. I then cut the long matchsticks in half. While cutting the apples, toss the matchsticks in the juice from one lemon. As you get to the second apple, add the juice from the second lemon. Set aside in a large bowl.
  2. Cut the cheese into matchsticks and add to the bowl of apples. Add the chopped chives and stir so the cheese and chives are mixed throughout.
  3. Drizzle with the olive oil, and season with the fresh ground pepper and Kosher salt. Toss until everything is evenly distributed.


This recipe is not difficult, but the slicing can be time-consuming. I highly recommend stacking the slices in order to speed up the forming of the matchsticks.

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