Cheddar Blue Salad with Hazelnuts and Dates

Wisconsin Cheese Cheddar Blue Salad with Hazelnuts and Dates Recipe
Active Time
30 Minutes


Lemon Dressing:



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Aged Cheddar or Cheddar Blue can be used in this recipe.


Lemon Dressing:

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add shallots; cook and stir until crisp-tender. Sprinkle in thyme and lemon zest; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer.
  2. Transfer to a small bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Toss arugula with two-thirds dressing in a large bowl. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and dates. Season with salt and pepper to taste; toss to combine.
  2. Divide salad onto four serving plates. Top with Dunbarton Blue®. Drizzle with remaining dressing. 

Recipe Tip

  • Roelli Red Rock cheese could also be substituted in this recipe.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Aged for at least 90 days, the open air creates a natural rind on Dunbarton Blue®. It's a cellar-cured cheese with the earthy characteristics of an upscale English-style cheddar and laced with hints of blue cheese flavor.

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