Prep 15 mins
Cook 7 mins
A tasty salad good enough to serve for company or a holiday! Developed for RSC#10!
- 1⁄4 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or 1/8 cup brown sugar mixed with 2 tsp. water)
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon fresh cranberries (or frozen, may use dried craisins if you like)
- 1 tablespoon golden raisin
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup red onion, chopped
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 5 cups mixed salad greens, rinsed and dried
- 1 fuji apple, cored and chopped (or try Pink Lady or Gala)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Coat the pecans with the 2 tbls. maple syrup(or brown sugar mixture) and 1/8 teaspoons cinnamon.
- Spread the pecans out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly toasted.
- In a food processor, combine the cranberries, raisins, vinegar, onion, brown sugar, and mustard. Chop coarsely; remove from processor and place in a bowl.
- Gradually whisk in olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
- Chop apple into bite size pieces, then mix with lemon/water mixture in a bowl to prevent browning. Keep apples in mixture until you toss ingredients into salad.
- In a salad bowl, toss together the greens, apples, and enough of the cranberry mixture to coat.
- Sprinkle with pecans, and serve.
I modified the dressing somewhat, as mentioned before. I only left out the onions and raisins. I used frozen cranberries in the dressing, but tossed dried cranberries into the salad, along with the onions, apples and pecans. I wasn't thrilled with the process of cooking the pecans--first they were sticky and then they seemed a bit overdone. I'm not sure the salad is improved that much by that extra step--I may just toss plain pecans or walnuts in next time. I think the combination is really nice and I liked the cranberry based vinaigrette a bunch.
this was really good. i served it at thanksgiving dinner, and everyone loved it. i don't have a food processor, so i choped every thing my self and blended it together with a whisk... but it all turned out grate. it really impressed the family
This was absolutely wonderful! My girls really liked it too. Nice mix of sweet & savory. I used baby spinach with my greens.