Autumn Salad With Maple Balsamic Dressing
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Autumn Salad With Maple Balsamic Dressing

Autumn salad with homemade salad dressing and a crunchy topping.

10
servings
45 min
PREP TIME
55 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

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

Topping

5 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar

Salad

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.

Nutrition

200Calories
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
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  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
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