Truffle Oil Salad

For this versatile side-dish salad, you pick the topping that best suits your family's time and tastes.

Start To Finish Time:
20 mins


  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoon salad oil

  • 2 tablespoon truffle oil*, sesame oil, or walnut oil

  • 2 teaspoon sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 6 cup torn mixed salad greens

  • 2 medium unpeeled tart red apples, such as Braeburn or Jonathan, cut into thin wedges or strips

  • 1 turnip, peeled and cut into thin strips

  • ¾ cup croutons, 1 recipe Cheese Cups (see below), and/or 1 recipe Goat Cheese Slices (see below) (optional)

  • 2 tablespoon chopped walnuts

Cheese Cups

  • 2 ounce reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)

  • ¼ cup shredded Havarti cheese such as dill or other herb flavor, or smoked cheddar cheese (1 ounce)

Goat Cheese Slices

  • 4 ounce semisoft goat cheese

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon or dillweed or teaspoons dried tarragon or dillweed, crushed


  1. In a screw-top jar combine rice vinegar, lemon juice, salad oil, truffle oil, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cover; shake to mix thoroughly.

  2. Divide salad greens among 6 plates. Arrange apples and turnip over greens. Sprinkle walnuts atop. Shake dressing and drizzle each serving with about 1 tablespoon dressing. Refrigerate remaining dressing for another use. If desired, arrange croutons, Cheese Cups, and/or Goat Cheese Slices on plate with salad. Makes 6 side-dish servings. (Nutrition facts are per serving without cheese garnish.)

Cheese Cups

  1. In a medium mixing bowl beat 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened, and 1/4 cup shredded Havarti cheese, such as dill or other herb flavor, or smoked cheddar cheese (1 ounce) together until combined. Fill each pastry cup with about 1 teaspoon of cheese filling. Place filled cups on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until hot and cheese has softened. Serve warm. Makes 12 cups.

    Make-Ahead Tip:

  2. After filling cups with cheese, cover and chill until serving time. Bake in a 400 degree F oven about 5 to 7 minutes or until hot and cheese has softened.

Goat Cheese Slices

  1. Cut 4 ounces semisoft goat cheese into 6 slices. Coat the cheese slices with 2 tablespoons snipped fresh tarragon or dillweed or 2 teaspoons dried tarragon or dillweed, crushed. Makes 6 slices.


Truffle oil is available at food specialty stores and from food mail-order companies. This recipe may be halved to serve 2 or 3.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

74 Calories
5g Fat
7g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 15.4mg 77%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 1.1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.