This is a really refreshing and crisp salad. The creamy sharpness of the Manchego cheese helps to balance and round out the tart flavors of the apple and grapefruit. Manchego cheese is made from sheep’s milk and comes from the La Mancha region of Spain. It is generally aged between 60 days and 2 years and is firm with a buttery texture…YUM! Quince paste is the perfect match for this cheese.
I paired the salad with a 2012 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough Region of New Zealand. Much like the salad, this wine is crisp with strong citrus tones which brought out the grapefruit in the salad nicely.
Here is the recipe, hope you enjoy!
1ea Fennel, shaved, reserve stems
2ea Green apple, such as Granny Smith, thin sliced
1ea Ruby red grapefruit, supremed, reserve juice
1/4C Quince paste, 1/4″ diced
.25Lb Manchego cheese, shaved
.5C Walnuts, rough chopped
.5C Champagne Vinegar
3T Quality olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Shave fennel and let marinate in vinegar with a dash of salt and honey while you are prepping the rest of the salad. Combine all ingredients, squeeze some grapefruit juice into the salad to taste. Toss lightly. Plate the salad, shave Manchego over the top, garnish with fennel fronds.