Apple, Cheddar & Celery Salad Recipe | Abel & Cole

Apple, Cheddar & Celery Salad

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Serves2 people
Apple, Cheddar & Celery Salad

Crunchy celery, rich cheddar and crisp apple are a classic combination, and in this seasonal salad they tumble into a bowl with warm pearl barley, fresh watercress and a garlicky Dijon mustard dressing.


  • 75g pearl barley
  • Sea salt
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 apples
  • 100g cheddar
  • 50g watercress

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 25 mins

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1. Fill and boil your kettle. Tip the pearl barley into a small pan. Pour in 200ml boiling water and add a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 20-25 mins till the barley is tender but still has a bit of chew to it.
2. Meanwhile, peel and grate the garlic into a small bowl. Squeeze in the lemon juice and add 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to make a dressing.
3. Trim the ends off the celery sticks and thinly slice them. Peel and thinly slice the red onion. Core the apples and slice them into thin wedges. Chop the cheddar into 1cm cubes. Add the celery, onion, apples and cheese to a large salad bowl.
4. Once the pearl barley is cooked, drain it if necessary and allow to cool for 2-3 mins. Tip the barley into the salad bowl. Pour over the garlic and mustard dressing and add the watercress. Fold everything together and serve.
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