Several different versions of this salad abound, but they always feature fresh northwest-grown produce sold at Seattle's famous Pike Place Market. Most people associate the Market with its brief spot in the limelight in the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie "Sleepless in Seattle" (filmed in Seattle) or for the entertaining "fish tossers" at the fish stand. But it's so much more! It's a must-see for anyone visiting Seattle. It offers fresh fish caught daily in Pacific NW waters, locally grown produce, and quaint boutiques selling local artisan wares. Be sure to visit the Market when you're in Seattle.
1WALNUTS: Place sugar in a small skillet over medium heat; cook 90 seconds or until sugar dissolves, stirring as needed so sugar dissolves evenly and doesn't burn. Reduce heat; stir in walnuts. Cook over low heat 30 seconds or until golden. Spread mixture onto foil coated with cooking spray. Cool completely; break into small pieces. (This step can be done up to a day in advance and stored in an air-tight container.)
2DRESSING: Place cider in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 2 tablespoons (about 5 minutes). Combine water and cornstarch in a small bowl; add to pan. Bring cider mixture to a boil, stirring constantly; cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in shallots, vinegar, salt, and pepper; let cool. (This step can be done up to a day in advance and stored in refrigerator.).
3SALAD: place salad mix in a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to coat.
Divide evenly among 4 plates; top with berries, cheese, and sugared walnuts. Serve immediately.