Sher's StoryThis is an AWESOME, fabulous salad! The dressing is made with real Maple syrup, and the salad is dressed with candied Pecans, blue cheese, pear slices and some dried Cranberries.
The ingredients might sound strange for a salad, but they work wonderfully together--It is SOOO good! I hope you like it as much as my family. Especially great in the Fall and for the Fall-winter holidays.
white balsamic vinegar (or white wine, or red wine vinegar)
real maple syrup (*use the
ground black pepper + pinch of salt
mixed salad greens (of your choice)
red pears, cored and thinly sliced
red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola
candied walnuts (*recipe below)
1 or 2 pinch
CANDIED PECANS (*OR USE WALNUTS)
butter (not oleo)
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pecan or walnut halves
optional: cayenne pepper or smoked paprika
1TO MAKE CANDIED NUTS: Melt butter in medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add nuts and sugar. Stir constantly until sugar melts and coats nuts. If desired, add pinch of cayenne or smoked paprika. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2Place salad greens and spinach, red onion slices, and pear slices into a salad serving bowl. Spread crumbled blue cheese all over, then candied nuts and dried cranberries.
3Whisk together all the dressing ingredients until well blended. Pour 2/3 of the dressing over salad in the serving bowl. Toss well to coat salad evenlly. Taste, then if needed-- add some of remaining dressing.
About this Recipe
Sher Bird Litehouse9 - Sep 5, 2011
Pat Duran kitchenchatter - Sep 5, 2011
This sounds like a super duper recipe I like the balsamic vinegar addition; oh and the wine -can't forget the wine I think I will add a little of each.lol Thanks for the share-Sher.
elizabeth duckworth thekitchenruler - Sep 5, 2011
This is a wonderful salad and one of my husbands favorites. I make it with dried cranberries and sometimes when I can get pomagranites I sprinkle the seeds on in lieu of the cranberries. I have not tried the maple syrup yet but I will. I usually make a light vinegarette
witha pom vinegar and drizzle a scant amount on the salad. There are so many good tastes in this salad!