Autumn Salad With Maple Balsamic Dressing

Autumn Salad With Maple Balsamic Dressing
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3 Reviews
Autumn salad with homemade salad dressing and a crunchy topping.
45 min
Prep Time
55 min
Total Time
10 servings

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.

Directions

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

Recipe Tips

- 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.

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Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories
200
Cholesterol
15mg
Carbohydrates
12g
Protein
5g
Fat
15g
Sodium
350mg
Dietary Fiber
2g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

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

Rating

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!

Rating

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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