YIELDS: 4 Servings PREP TIME: 5 mins COOK TIME: 6 mins TOTAL TIME: 11  mins

While chestnuts definitely make me think of Christmastime, prepared chestnuts are available year-round making this Warm Chestnut-Apple Salad with Blue Cheese perfect for anytime of year.  The warm, savory vinaigrette paired with sweet apples and tangy blue cheese is AMAZING.


1-2 heads butter lettuce, roughly chopped (about 8 cups, can mix with a bit of arugula or other lettuces if you prefer) 
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided 
1 ½ medium Gala or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½” dice
¾ cup thinly sliced shallots 
½ cup prepared chestnuts (packaged or canned, already steamed and peeled)
3 tbsp plum or red wine vinegar 
4 ½ tbsp walnut oil 
¾ cup blue cheese  

Cutting board
Large bowl 
Large skillet 


  1. Toss the lettuce (and arugula, if using) in a large bowl. This can be prepared up to 6 hours ahead. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and refrigerate. 
  2. Heat 1 ½ tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  3. Add the apples and shallots. Sauté for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add the chestnuts and continue sautéing for about 1 minute. 
  5. Stir in the vinegar and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. 
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the walnut oil and remaining olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  7. Pour the warm chestnut dressing over the lettuce and toss. 
  8. Add the blue cheese, serve, and enjoy!