A light, refreshing (green) appetizer is all you need to welcome the first celebratory day of spring. This salad is a good way start St. Patrick’s Day with something a little clean to even out the all those heavy eats you’ll have later. Slightly tart from thinly sliced apple, a bit sweet from honey, and fresh and creamy from olive oil and Parmesan, this dish is festive and delicious.

1 to 2 servings 

  • 1 Granny Smith apple 
  • 1/4 cup shaved or thinly sliced Parmesan 
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil 
  • Honey 
  • Fleur de Sel (or sea salt)
  • Microgreens (or fresh herbs)

Slice apple into quarters, then using a hand-held mandolin, shave it into thin slices. Layer the slices flat on a platter similar to other carpaccio dishes. Evenly top with the Parmesan slices. Drizzle the olive oil and honey to taste. Finish with a heavy sprinkle of salt and microgreens over the top. *Toasted nuts would also work beautifully.

Andrea LeTard is the creator and author of Andrea’s Cooktales, an heirloom cookbook. She is also a personal chef, small party caterer, and cooking instructor. Andrea has been featured on Cooking Channel, Today Show, and Local Memphis Live. She was chosen as a Top 100 Contestant on MasterChef Season 6. Her recipes are “next-generation southern”—fun and fundamentally southern with a modern twist. Follow Andrea on Facebook, Instagram (@andreas_cooktales), and her video blog series at Andreascooktales.com.

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