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sweet and savory autumn salad

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Teresa G.
Here, KY

Thanksgiving is over, but the turkey is still here, lol. This wonderful salad utilizes some of that leftover bird. I created it when a friend gave us some fresh lettuces from his greenhouse and some apples from his orchard. After all of the stuffing and potatoes, this was a much needed change of pace. The dressing is my own creation also, and man, is it ever good! Choose one topping or any combination - they're all good! I've eaten one of these salads four times this week and I'm still not tired of it!

(1 rating)
yield 1 (Dressing makes about 1/2 cup.)
prep time 30 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For sweet and savory autumn salad

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    mustard, grainy stone ground
  • 2 Tbsp
    pancake syrup
  • 2 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil
  • 1 sm. pinch
    each salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
    pecans, toasted & broken into pieces (or candied pecans)
  • some
    crumbled crisp bacon
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried cranberries (optional)
  • some
    red leaf lettuce, torn (red oak leaf etc...)
  • some
    green leaf lettuce, torn (frisee etc...)
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    carrot, thin sliced (optional)
  • 1/3 c
    cooked turkey or chicken, cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4-1/3 c
    apple (or pear, with or without peel) chopped
  • 1/2 oz
    havarti cheese, small cubed

How To Make sweet and savory autumn salad

  • Ingredients for mustard dressing.
    Make the dressing. Combine and vigorously shake all dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid or whisk together in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to dress salad. Shake well before using.
  • Red and green leaf lettuce.
    Gather and prep remaining ingredients: Wash and dry lettuces. Tear into bite-size pieces. Cube cheese. Toast pecans in microwave for 30-40 seconds, then break into smaller pieces. Wash and core apples, then slice and chop to bite-size. Etc...
  • Leaf lettuce in bowl.
    Into a medium-size salad bowl, add a handful of red lettuce and a handful of green lettuce. (The recipe, as written, is for one medium-size salad, smaller than a chef's salad, but larger than a side salad.)
  • Turkey, cheese and leaf lettuce in bowl.
    Add remaining salad ingredients to the bowl.
  • Mustard dressing in jar.
    Shake salad dressing well. Pour desired amount over salad (about 2 tablespoons.)
  • Autumn salad with turkey, apples and cheese in serving bowl.
    Sprinkle with desired toppings (I like toasted pecans and bacon.) Serve immediately.