Cheesecake Factory's Vegetable Salad

Cheesecake Factory’s Vegetable Salad

This large salad found in the appetizer salads on their menu, consists of a large portion of equally sized cubed vegetables: apples, celery, cucumber, asparagus, green beans, roasted beets, edamame, and white cheddar and all on a bed of radicchio and romaine, and a pomegranate vinaigrette.

2 handfuls of fresh arugula
1/3 apple, peeled and diced
1/4 cup chickpeas
3-4 radishes, cubed
1 stalk celery, washed, cut lengthwise into 4 long strips, and then diced
1/3 English cucumber, peeled, diced
2 TB crumbled blue cheese
salt, pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/2 cup very good, smooth, at least 8 year aged balsamic vinegar
2 TB excellent extra-virgin olive
1 TB grainy mustard
1 TB honey
1 garlic clove, microplaned

Add all ingredients in a vinaigrette bottle (or simply a jar with a tightly closing lid) and shake vigorously. Keep chilled in the fridge, and serve for salad.