Autumn Salad With Maple Balsamic Dressing

Autumn Salad With Maple Balsamic Dressing

Autumn salad with homemade salad dressing and a crunchy topping.

45 min. prep time
10 servings
353 Ratings


Salad Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup maple-flavored syrup*
2 teaspoons country-style Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt


5 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar


8 cups fresh spinach leaves
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 apple or pear, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
3 ounces (3/4 cup) shredded Cheddar cheese


Combine all salad dressing ingredients in small bowl; beat with wire whisk until well mixed. Refrigerate until serving time.

Cook bacon pieces in 8-inch skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove from heat; drain fat from skillet. Immediately add pecans and brown sugar to hot skillet with bacon pieces; stir until well mixed. Set aside until serving time.

Place all salad ingredients in large bowl. Drizzle half of dressing over salad; toss to coat. Sprinkle with topping mixture. Serve immediately with remaining dressing.

*Substitute real maple syrup.

Recipe Tip

- Substitute your favorite blend of salad greens for the spinach and cabbage in this recipe.

- Prepare the bacon topping and the dressing a day ahead and store in the refrigerator.

Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 200

Fat: 15g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 350mg

Carbohydrates: 12g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 5g

Recipe #14151©2007Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is an excellent salad - I served it with tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and my family loved it!
I made this for the first time over the 4th of July. It was a huge hit!!! It was the perfect answer for "what to take that isn't the same old thing?" to a cookout. Everyone just loved it!! I'll make it again very soon!
We served this with our Thanksgiving meal and it was very good. It got rave reviews and may requests for the recipe.

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