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Serious Salads: Arugula, Apples and Manchego in Cider Vinaigrette

Perfect for autumn, this Spanish-style salad combines peppery arugula, juicy apples, crunchy almonds and Manchego, the deliciously piquant sheep's milk cheese from the region of La Mancha in Spain. Tossed in a cider vinaigrette, it's got that salty-sweet-tangy flavor combination that everyone loves.

If you can find a Manchego that's been aged over six months, it will have a more distinctive flavor. Also, be sure to assemble the salad right before serving. Arugula tends to wilt quickly once it's dressed, and slice the apples at the last minute to avoid discoloration (or if you want to do it ahead of time, you can toss them with a little lemon juice).

About the author: Jennifer Segal is the chef behind the popular food blog, Once Upon a Chef.

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