The standout flavors of the apple, arugula, and cheddar can easily be removed from the salad and replaced on flatbread or a sandwich. A well-aged white cheddar will not disappoint you, and the peppery arugula will happily balance it out. The sweetness and crunch of the apples keeps you from too much flavor intensity.

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. cider vinegar
  • dash of salt
  • 1 small head lettuce, leaves torn
  • 1 bag arugula
  • 1 honey crisp apple, sliced thinly
  • 1 ounce grated sharp white cheddar
  • 2 slices bacon, crumbled (optional)
  • walnut pieces (optional)

In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, and salt. Toss lettuce and arugula together, sprinkle the apple slices, cheddar, and bacon and nuts (if using) on top and drizzle the oil over the salad. Then eat it. But that probably went without saying.