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Quince Vinaigrette Salad with Manchego and Marcona Almonds

The quince looks like a dimpled golden pear, so during the short growing season in Spain you might be tempted to pick one off the tree and take a bite—but that would lead to some serious puckering. The fruit is coarsely textured and quite sour, but when cooked, the tart tannins mellow and the resulting paste or sauce has a delightful berry-meets-apple flavor. The vinaigrette for this lovely salad, which is topped with Marcona almonds, Manchego cheese and sweet dried cherries, is made with quince paste, a popular Spanish delicacy, which is often served as a companion to cheese. Look for quince paste near the artisan cheeses at most larger markets and cheese shops.

20 Minutes Total time 20 Minutes Prep time 250 Calories 4 Servings



  1. Combine quince paste, sherry vinegar, minced shallot and Dijon mustard in blender. Cover; blend at medium speed.
  2. Slowly add olive oil in thin stream, until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss salad with quince vinaigrette to taste. Top with sliced onion, pear, cherries, Marcona almonds and Manchego cheese. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Refrigerate any remaining dressing.
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