This and that: Apple Gorgonzala Salad

Monday, June 24, 2013

Apple Gorgonzala Salad

I always take vacation between my husband's and my birthday.  Our birthdays are five days apart and many years.  And yes if you have seen pictures of us, I robbed the cradle, am a cougar as he is many years younger then me.  
Anyways this year was no different, I took the time off.  As hubby is living and working downstate for the summer I had to travel there this year.  I did miss his birthday as I got off that morning but we were able to celebrate my birthday together and that is what matters RIGHT?
For the weekend we went to my brother's in Indianapolis.  As my brother's birthday is also in June, we headed over to Buca di Beppo  to celebrate all our birthdays.  This was the first time I had been to this restaurant and I loved it.  We had Fettuccine Alfredo, Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken, Quattro al Forno and Apple Gorgonzala Salad.  Everything was superb and we ate to our fill and had leftover in all except the Apple Gorgonzala Salad.  This salad was so good that we lapped it all up.
I wanted to try to make this salad recipe.  The ingredients for the salad were easy ~ lettuce, dried cranberries, walnuts, gorgonzala and granny smith apples.  The hard part was the dressing.  On their menu they had our signature Italian Vinaigrette.  So I made my own Signature Italian Vinaigrette .  The salad still tasted good, although not quite the same but close.

Apple Gorgonzala Salad

A copy-cat recipe from Buca di Beppo

Varied types of lettuce (I used Romaine as that is all I had)
Granny Smith Apple- cut in slices
dried cranberries
gorgonzala ( you could also use feta)
walnuts (I used glazed walnuts in the original there is spiced walnuts)
Italian Vinaigrette 

Home-made Italian Vinaigrette
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
3/4 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
pinch black salt (I used black smoked black pepper butcher grind from My Spice Sage)
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp dried mustard
3/4 tsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp  hot pepper
Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth.

To make salad:
On dish, place washed lettuce cut in pieces.  Wash and slice apples and layer on top of lettuce.  Add cranberries, walnuts and gorgonzala.  Drizzle with Italian Vinaigrette and enjoy.
Pair this salad up with some bread and it makes a delicious lunch.  You could also add some chicken and it would be a wonderful simple dinner.

Waiting patiently for our meal to come

and so that you know I was really there, here is a picture with me in it.
I loved all the pictures that they had on the walls.  If you were tired of talking to your companions or had nothing more to talk about, you didn't just have to stare into space, you could check out all the fabulous decor.

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  1. Happy Birthday Marlys. Sounds like you all had a fun one spent together with each other.

  2. Happy Birthday to you and all of your family! This salad looks great! I love gorgonzola cheese!

    Thank you for sharing at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! I am so glad you stopped by!

    Cynthia at

  3. Great recipe, simple and refreshing. I love the new blog look. I know I haven't been by in a few weeks. Looks good.
    Spatulas On Parade

    1. Thanks Dawn. I thought it was time to give it a new look. It still needs work but it is coming.

  4. That salad sounds so wonderful! Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  5. What a beautiful salad! Thank you so much for sharing with Simple Supper Tuesday.

  6. Oh boy that does look good! I have a sweet Italian dressing that would go with this salad real well, although it's not homemade. I should get un-lazy and try a homemade one like yours!'re a cougar! My hubby is 8 years older than me (what does that make me?? LOL)

    1. bought dressings work too Liz. And I think you are normal.. :)

  7. Marlys that looks so good!
    I'd love to have you share this and/or any other recipe at Wednesday Extravaganza - A Foodie Link Party! Hope to see you there :)

  8. HI there, this recipe looks and sounds delicious! I pinned your recipe and am your newest follower through Bloglovin and Twitter. I'd love a follow back at
    Have a great day!

    1. Deanna, Thanks for stopping by and following and pinning... Great to have you here and I will be heading to your blog to check it out.

  9. HI there, this recipe looks and sounds delicious! I pinned your recipe and am your newest follower through Bloglovin and Twitter. I'd love a follow back at
    Have a great day!

  10. Marlys, this salad is my kinda salad! :) Love fruit in salad and apple and gorgonzala is such a TASTY combination! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

  11. We drive by a Buca di Beppo all the time and had never stopped there before we are just not enough to share one of their big meals! I bet it was so much fun and better yet that you got to see your hubs, the salad recipe is just perfect! I'll give it a try for sure! Thanks for sharing Marlys. I came over this time from Anyonita's party!

  12. Hopped over from stuffparentsneed where she has this listed. She also included my Italian Walnut Salad which sounds very similar to this. I'll have to try it!


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