Sick Day {Apple, Cashew and Brie Salad}

Monday is a good a day as any for a sick day.  Not me, and nothing serious.  The littlest is on day two of a fever and sore throat.  He deemed me “his butler for the day”.  Nice. Could be a lot worse, really he just want me to hangout and watch movies with him and to show me goofy You Tube videos.  Happy to oblige.  Bonus, I don’t have to go out in the cold.  The weather has taken a turn after Saturday’s balmy temps, brrr, icy and cold.

My butler duties didn’t allow for a breakfast break, well beside my coffee.  And having not left the house in two days lunch not only did it need to be hearty it had to include what we had on hand.  Oh, and no leftovers!  Apples, cheese, nuts, salad greens.  Apples and cheese are a natural pairing, fruit and nuts are too.  I love including all three on a cheese plate.  Why not combine them all on greens as a salad.

apple brie cashew saladTomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are my standard salad add-ins, but they don’t have much flavor this time of year.  Tomatoes are the worst, the texture is horrid and they have no flavor.  Apples on the other hand are tasty well into the winter, so this combo of apples, nuts, and cheese is a satisfying salad option in the winter.

apple brie cashew salad

Lots of crunch!  The creamy brie was a good contrast, I used a goat’s brie from Trader Joe’s.

apple brie cashew salad

Cashews are one of my all-time favorite foods, happy to include them in any meal.  The salt of the nuts are a great combo with the sweetness of the dressing.

Sweet Poppy Seed Dressing

Recipe Type: Salad Dressing
Author: Jacky Hackett
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4-6
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 T. red wine vinegar
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard
  • 1 shallot, grated
  • 1 T. poppy seeds
  • pinch of salt
  1. Pour oil in a bowl, whisk in oil until combine.
  2. Whisk in the rest of ingredients. (or shake them all together in jar or dressing carafe)


Home made dressing is my preference, this one could not be easier and it is an interesting change from my standard Italian.

Apple, Cashew and Brie Salad

Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Jacky Hackett
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
  • 1/4 Granny Smith apple, diced
  • 1/4 Honey Crisp apple, diced
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 oz. brie cheese, sliced
  • 1 cup mixed salad greens
  • 1-2 T. Sweet Poppy Seed Dressing
  1. Combine all salad ingredients and toss with dressing. Dress to taste.


This salad will be making a regular appearance on my menu this winter.  Sadly I have to break my indoor streak to head out to a school meeting tonight, brrrr.


  1. Pete B says:

    Sorry to hear your little one is sick. Luckily, he got a butler for the day, however! 🙂 That is a nice looking salad. I like apples and cheese, so why not put them in a salad?

  2. biz319 says:

    You had me at brie! Our Dominick’s store just started discounting cheese – just like I get my meat 50% off – they now have a 50% off cheese bin – I bought a half pound block of Edam cheese for $3 yesterday!

    This salad looks amazeballs. 😀

  3. jillyinmn says:

    I love pecans and pear too in my winter salad, a little red onion too. This looks really good. We had jicama in our salad last night which added a nice crunch.

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