String Cheese, Fruit and Nut Salad Pitas

Yield:
Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 pound seedless green grapes, cut in half
  2. 1 large green apple, cored and cut into bite-size pieces
  3. 1/2 pound string cheese, separated and pulled into strings
  4. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  5. 1/4 cup Sesame seed paste (tahini)
  6. 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds*
  7. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  8. 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts*, divided
  9. Small Sesame Pitas, with the tops cut off
  10. Arugula
Directions:

Combine the grapes, apple and string cheese in a large bowl.

Whisk together the mayonnaise, tahini, toasted sesame seeds, and lemon juice in a small bowl.

Fold the dressing into the fruit and cheese salad and toss gently to coat. Taste to correct seasonings. Refrigerate, covered, to chill.

Just before serving, add 6 tablespoons of the pine nuts and toss again. Line the pitas with arugula and fill with the fruit and cheese salad. Sprinkle with the remaining toasted pine nuts.

*To toast sesame seeds and pine nuts:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread the seeds on a shallow baking tray and bake, shaking frequently, until fragrant and light golden, about 8 minutes.

Variations:
In place of the grapes and apple, substitute equal amounts of any of the following fruits or use a combination of several - pineapple, pears, fresh or dry figs, papayas, mangoes, and peaches.

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