Vintner's Favorite BBQ Recipes From El Dorado Wineries

Spinach and Romaine Salad with Feta Cheese and Walnuts

Compliments of Lava Cap Winery
Pair with: Lava Cap Sauvignon Blanc


1 large head Romaine lettuce
1 large bunch fresh spinach
1 pound feta cheese (French feta if you can find it)
1 cup walnuts
2 sweet red apples
Ample chopped thyme, tarragon, or parsley
1 large clove garlic, minced
Juice of one large orange
1 T white wine vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
3 small green onions, sliced on diagonal for presentation


Clean, dry, and tear up the leaves of Romaine and stem, clean, dry spinach. Put both greens in a bowl. Set aside. Quarter, core, and cut apples into small spears and put in bowl. Pour orange juice over apples and add garlic and vinegar and toss. Add herbs, salt, pepper, olive oil, and toss again.

Toss the greens, cheese, walnuts, dressing with apples, and serve up on plates. Garnish with green onions. Serve with your favorite baguette or sourdough loaf.  Note: Using juice in the dressing makes it less acidic so it does not compete with the wine.  Serves 4.