Autumn Salad With Maple Balsamic Dressing
45 min
55 min


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


 *Substitute real maple syrup.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

    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.

Tip #1

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

Tip #2

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


15Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
350Sodium (mg)
12Carbohydrates (g)
2Dietary Fiber
5Protein (g)


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  October 31, 2016

I made this salad as part of my sister-in-law's birthday dinner, and all the guests complimented it.

— says Susie
  December 20, 2010

This is an excellent salad - I served it with tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and my family loved it!

— says Julie
  July 07, 2009

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!

— says Terrie
  December 03, 2008

We served this with our Thanksgiving meal and it was very good. It got rave reviews and may requests for the recipe.

— says Heather
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