Monday, May 4, 2015

Nothing says "summer" like dining alfresco with fresh salad featuring delicate fruit and crisp produce. The Apricot, Stilton, and Couscous salad by Willow & Niche is the perfect solution to any culinary conundrum - we adore the colorful presentation along with the hearty helpings of couscous and arugula! This lovely dish was featured in our summer lookbook, An Afternoon Alfresco, and it was not only simple to recreate for our shoot, but our staff couldn't help but keep taking bites of the salad in passing because it was so good! Kara of Willow and Niche also submitted a captivating Summer Raspberry Grilled Cheese recipe that was also used in our lookbook shoot, so if you're looking for the perfect complement to your new favorite salad, check out the recipe now!

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Apricot, Stilton and Couscous Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

4 cups arugula
4oz crumbled stilton cheese
1 cup couscous, cooked and cooled
1 avocado diced
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
2 Tablespoons honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt

In a large salad bowl, toss arugula, cheese, couscous, avocado, and chopped apricots.

In a large mason jar, combine honey, oil, vinegar, mustard, and salt. Place lid on top and shake until well mixed.

Toss the salad in the dressing and serve!

-- Kara, Willow & Niche

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Shop our summer lookbook, An Afternoon Alfresco and head over to Willow & Niche for more amazing recipes to try!


*Photography Credit: Alyse Gilbert