Monday, January 25, 2010

Pink Lady Apple: The blushing apple crossover!

On my list of favorite ingredients, the pink lady apple is one of the only red apples (besides candy apples) I enjoy. It is versatile enough to be eaten alone, with a little honey, or in a salad. If the pink lady apple is the star of the dish, or used as a garnish, it always stands out for its unique tart taste, blushing color, and juicy crisp bite!

The pink lady apple is a cross between a Lady Williams and Red Delicious originally bred by John Cripps. The pink lady apple is also named Cripps Pink, after its breeder.

Pink lady apples are shaped ellipsoid, large enough for a heardy snack or to be used sparignly as they are rare to find throughout the world. They are mostly grown in Austrailia, but are also growing in New Zealand, Washington, and California.

For my Pink Lady apple recipe, I wanted the apple to be a component in a salad to be enjoyed for its texture in comparison to a lettuce.

Pink Lady Apple Goat Cheese Arugula Salad
1 large Pink Lady apple, washed and cut in long pieces
1/2 bunches of Arugula, washed and dried
Enough goat cheese as you enjoy (use carefully, its good but can overpower your meal)
2 tbs good olive oil
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
little bit of fresh lemon juice

Construct your salad with arugula at bottom, pink lady apples tossed in, and goat cheese on top. Separately, make your salad dressing string with a fork and add however much you like ;)

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